Roommates charged with robbing Rolling Meadows gas station

Posted4/23/2012 5:46 PM
  • Randy Flowers

    Randy Flowers

  • Karl Watson

    Karl Watson

A pair of roommates from Arlington Heights have been charged with the armed robbery of a Rolling Meadows gas station.

Randy Flowers, 23, and Karl Watson, 35, both of the 4000 block of Bonhill Drive, appeared at a bond hearing Monday morning at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

A judge set Flowers' bail at $200,000 and Watson's at $150,000. Each must post 10 percent bond to be released.

Rolling Meadows police said the two men entered the Mobil gas station at 2101 Hicks Road about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, threatened the clerk and demanded cash. Flowers displayed a dark semiautomatic handgun, and the men left with cash and several instant lottery tickets, officials said.

Sgt. Tom Gadomski said police took Flowers and Watson into custody Friday night at their apartment. They each made statements confessing to the crime, he said.

Gadomski said both suspects have criminal backgrounds, but neither is extensive or include an armed robbery arrest.

A third man earlier thought to be a suspect because he appeared with Flowers and Watson in another convenience store's surveillance video wasn't involved with the gas station robbery, Gadomski added.

Flowers and Watson are scheduled to return to court May 10. If convicted of armed robbery, they could each face up to 30 years in prison.

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