One person was killed and two were injured in an accident that followed a high-speed police chase through Antioch, officials said Monday.
Paris Williams, 26, of Rockford, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just after he and two other men robbed Bernie's Marathon on Main Street at 9:21 p.m. Sunday, Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.
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Kenneth Cooper, 33, of Rockford, and Cortez Holliman, 25, of Machesney Park -- who were in the car and also involved in the robbery -- were in critical condition at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville following the accident, Somerville said.
Three suspects entered Bernie's Marathon about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, armed with a silver semiautomatic pistol. They pepper-sprayed the gas station clerk, then held the victim at gunpoint and demanded money, Somerville said.
They obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the store before fleeing in a silver Chevrolet sedan and headed south on Route 83 at a high rate of speed, he said.
An Antioch squad car was patrolling in the area, Somerville said, and pursued the silver sedan at speeds of about 100 mph. The officer called off the pursuit due to safety reasons but not before radioing ahead to the Lake Villa Police to describe the suspects' vehicle.
Just after police called in the description of the car, Williams lost control of the vehicle at Route 83 and Eagles Nest Road in Antioch, crossed the northbound lane of Route 83, crashed into the ditch on the east side of the road and flipped the car over, Somerville said.
Williams died in the crash, Somerville said, while Cooper and Holliman were injured and airlifted to Condell.
Evidence was located at the crash scene that links all three men to Sunday's robbery, as well as a July 10 robbery at the BP Amoco Gas Station in the 600 block of West Route 173 in Antioch, Somerville said.
The pistol that was used in both robberies was also found at the crash scene, he said. Criminal charges are pending for Cooper and Holliman when they are released from the hospital.
Somerville said all three men were on parole with active warrants, have extensive criminal histories -- including gang affiliations -- and are suspects in a series of violent armed robberies in the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area.
He said the arrest is under investigation.
"The Antioch Police Department has been on high alert since last week's robbery," Somerville said. "We have maintained additional patrols with both marked and unmarked squads during the evening hours."