Pipe-Weilding Crystal Lake Convenience Store Robber Convicted

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that twenty-four year old Daniel Charneski, of Freeport, Illinois, was found guilty yesterday of the felony offenses of armed robbery and aggravated battery.

The trial testimony revealed that in the early morning hours of January 9, 2007, two masked men entered a twenty-four hour convenient store located on Berkshire Drive in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

One of the men was armed with a metal pipe.

After taking money and cigarettes, the assailant armed with a metal pipe repeatedly hit the cashier over the head and then fled into the night.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where twenty-six medical staples were used to close three separate lacerations to her scalp.

On March 27, 2007, the defendant confessed to participating in the robbery and striking the victim.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2011.

The defendant faces a sentence of between 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the class X felony offense of armed robbery and a consecutive sentence of between 2-5 years for the class 3 felony offense of aggravated battery. The other participant in the armed robbery,

Stephen Waters was previously sentenced to 20 years in the penitentiary.

This case was investigated by Detective Will of the Crystal Lake Police Department and Detective Sergeant Synek of the Cary Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Ryan Blackney and Philip Hiscock.

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