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Two charged, one at large in southwest suburban armed robbery

Will County Sheriff's Office

Two men have been charged in connection to a Wednesday night armed robbery in southwest suburban New Lenox.

A 15-year-old boy was walking along Old Plank Trail, near the 500 block of Illinois Highway on Wednesday at 10 p.m. when he was approached by three people with bandanas over their faces, according to a statement from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the suspects ordered the boy to the ground and held a gun to the back of his head. The suspects then ran off with the boy’s outer clothing, stole his wallet and threw his cellphone into the trees, according to the statement.

Sheriff’s detectives believe this was an isolated incident, and that the boy had arranged to meet the suspects at that location “to make an illicit purchase,” according to the statement.

At 2:17 a.m. Thursday, police officers questioned three males matching the description of the suspects near the intersection of Joliet Highway and Northgate. The three males were taken to the station, where one of them was released after it was determined he wasn’t involved in the incident, according to the statement.

Joshua Grebic, 21, of the 32000 block of Nikki Lane in Wilmington, and Jesse Mitchell, 22, of the 200 block of East Woodlawn Road in New Lenox, were both charged with armed robbery. A search warrant was executed at one of the suspect’s home Thursday where firearms and a controlled substance was recovered, according to the statement.

Grebic was ordered held on $500,000 and Mitchell was ordered held on $1 million Friday.

The third suspect remains at large, according to the statement.