Victim Dies After Armed Robbery of Latin American Club — Police Seek Public's Help

Victim Dies After Armed Robbery of Latin American Club — Police Seek Public’s Help

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Aurora Police have released surveillance photos of three men wanted in the armed robbery of a Near East Side social club in which one of the victims died late Sunday, Dec. 6.

The armed robbery occurred around 5:30 a.m. at the Latin American Club in the 1300 block of Dearborn Avenue.

The suspects, two of whom wore masks and a third who had his face covered from his nose down, entered the club and demanded money from two men who were cleaning the building. Almost simultaneously, they attacked the men and beat them until they were unconscious.

Both men were taken to an Aurora hospital by Aurora Fire Department paramedics. One of the victims, Felipe Garcia, 79, of the 3300 block of Alysa Street, Plano, died at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he transported after initial treatment. The other victim, a 55-year-old Aurora man is being treated for non-life threatening wounds.

The suspects, at least one of whom was armed with a large, machete-type knife, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor. There is little concrete descriptions of the offenders except that they all wore hooded sweatshirts, one black, one blue, and one gray.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora Police Department investigators at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to any arrests. Tips can also be submitted through the Aurora Police Department’s free app available through iTunes, the Android Market, or Amazon App Store. Simply search for “My Police Department,” find the Aurora Police, and download.

An autopsy on Garcia is pending at the DuPage County Coroner’s Office in Wheaton.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release