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Galesburg Police Department Press Release Galesburg, IL (September 10, 2018) Monday, September 10, 2018, at 4:28 a.m., Galesburg Police Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy, 844 West Fremont Street, Galesburg, IL. The first officer on the scene confirmed the robbery report and that all suspects had departed. The officer also confirmed all Walgreens employees were unharmed. The robbers made off with cash and prescription drugs. Store employees and witnesses described the robbers as two AfricanAmerican males, and one African-American female.
Several officers responded to the armed robbery report and one of those officers noticed a vehicle speed across Henderson Street at Grove Street and observed the vehicle failed to stop at the Grove Street stop sign. The same vehicle was noticed moments later crossing Losey Street at Monroe and again failed to stop at the Monroe Street stop sign. The officer pulled his squad in behind the grey SUV and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver sped up, refusing to stop. The police pursuit that followed continued down several residential streets eventually coming to an end at the dead end of East Carl Sandburg Drive near the BNSF railroad tracks. The vehicle went down into a brush filled ditch and the occupants fled on foot. The pursuing officer reported he observed the occupants throwing items from the fleeing vehicle during the pursuit. Officers discovered the items thrown from the moving car included prescription bottles from Walgreens Pharmacy.
Officers, including canine Ajax, began a search of the area. The suspects abandoned their vehicle in a very remote area on the northeast edge of Galesburg, about a half mile from Wal-Mart and Menards. The area includes a railroad right-of-way, corn and soybean fields.
At 6:30 a.m., an employee at Wal-Mart called to report a suspicious black male inside the business. The man was wet and covered in mud and was last seen entering the women’s restroom at the front of the store. Several officers entered the business and found the man in the women’s restroom, taking the man into custody without incident.
At 7:36 a.m. an officer was approached by a couple walking their dog reporting they had just spotted a person walking behind May Storage on Windish Drive. Moments later the officer spotted a person coming out from behind May Storage and asked the person to stop. The person started running but was quickly apprehended by the officer.
Both of the subjects apprehended early this morning have been charged in connection with the armed robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy. The pair have been identified as Gates Ivory Sisk, 18, of 10849 Spring Green Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana and Davia Aniya Barbee, 18, of 5355 Cider Mill Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana. A third suspect remains at large. Both arrestees have been charged with armed robbery with firearm, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated fleeing and eluding police. Contact: Galesburg Police Department, 309-343-9151
***Report Courtesy of the Galesburg Police Department***