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updated: 6/21/2012 4:55 PM

Bensenville teen charged in armed robbery at McDonald's

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A Bensenville teen accused of robbing a McDonald's restaurant where he used to work was jailed Thursday on $300,000 bail.

Danny Herrera, 19, of the 6N600 block of Pine Street, appeared in DuPage County bond court on an armed robbery charge.

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Prosecutors said Herrera was wielding a gun and had a bandanna over his face when he entered a McDonald's on Route 83 in Bensenville about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. A former co-worker recognized him and refused to hand over money from a cash register, they said, but Herrera managed to grab $500 and flee.

Assistant State's Attorney Bethany Jackson said Herrera was already on bond, charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs in an unrelated case, when he committed the robbery. If convicted, he faces an extended prison term of up to 45 years because a firearm was involved, she said.

Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $300,000, meaning Herrera would have to post $30,000 to be released. He was ordered to stay away from the McDonald's and is scheduled to return to court July 16.

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