A Round Lake man has been charged with robbing a 79-year-old woman and with also trying to convince a police officer that he was a robbery victim.
Robert Frisbie, 34, of the 100 block of Orchard Street, is in Lake County jail after being charged with counts of aggravated robbery, residential burglary, trespassing to a residence and disorderly conduct for trying to file a false police report, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Marc Bangser said Wednesday.
Frisbie faces up to 14 years in prison if he is convicted of the most serious of the crimes, Bangser said.
At 9:20 p.m. on Jan. 31, Frisbie was wearing a mask and carrying a BB gun when he pushed is way into the Round Lake home of the 79-year-old victim, held her at gunpoint, and told her to get cash, Bangser said.
After finding $200, Frisbie took the victim to a washroom, tied her up with black electrical tape and told her not to tell the police or he would return and kill her, Bangser said.
The woman escaped a little while later, Bangser said, went to her neighbors and phoned police.
On April 3, it was Frisbie who called the Round Lake Police Department and reported that a man wearing a mask had entered his home on Orchard, brandished a gun, then robbed him of $250 in cash and a large television set, Bangser said.
"Police learned the next day that Frisbie pawned the television himself three days earlier at a nearby pawnshop in Round Lake Beach," Bangser said.
After being interviewed, Frisbie confessed on audio tape and in writing to pawning his own items and declaring them stolen, and to robbing and tying up the 79-year-old victim, Bangser said.
Frisbie was ordered held on $250,000 bond by Lake County Judge Raymond Collins Wednesday.
He is scheduled to return to court May 8.