On 04/30/2022, at approximately 3:15 AM, Deputies with the Will County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Ryan’s Pub located at 7928 W. Lincoln Highway in Unincorporated Frankfort for a report of an armed robbery in progress call. Deputies were advised that two male, black suspects entered the business armed with handguns, and demanded money from several patrons and employees of the business.
Deputies were advised that the two suspects were wearing dark colored clothing, with latex gloves, masks, and hoods. Deputies were further advised that the suspects threatened to shoot all of the patrons and employees if they did not comply with their demands. Deputies would later learn that the victims pleaded for their lives as the suspects brandished the firearms.
One of the patrons had access to a firearm and pointed it at the suspects. Fearing that he was about to be shot, the patron shot at the armed robbery suspects. The gunfire struck one of the offenders several times. The second suspect fled on foot from the business and got into a nearby vehicle. That vehicle fled from the scene at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Lincoln Highway (Route 30) heading towards Harlem Avenue.
The suspect that was shot on scene was pronounced deceased by responding members of the Frankfort Fire Protection District. The deceased suspect is described as a male, black in his early 20’s. A positive identification of the deceased suspect has been made; however, the identity of that individual is being withheld until the proper notification to the family can be made.
The suspects were able to successfully complete the armed robbery; however, it is believed that the deceased suspect had the majority of the robbery proceeds stuffed inside of his pants and pockets. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) were summoned to the scene to collect evidence and conduct interviews.
The two firearms that the suspects had in their possession were recovered on scene. One of the firearms was located in close proximity of the deceased suspect, and the other was located in a parking lot outside of the business. Those firearms were later discovered to be “replica” firearms, similar to an airsoft gun.
All of the witnesses have cooperated in this investigation, and their statements are consistent with the video surveillance obtained from inside of the business. No one has been charged in reference to this incident, and detectives continue to pursue leads as to the identity of the other suspect.
Will County Sheriff press release