Man Charged With Robbing Quartino Restaurant At Gunpoint In May

Julian Wilson is charged with robbing Quartino in River North at gunpoint on May 13th and trying to rob employees at a West Loop Portillo’s early Saturday, police said. | Google; CPD

A 23-year-old man has been charged with robbing the popular Quartino restaurant in River North on May 13th, police said. A break in the case came early Saturday after the man tried to hold up a West Loop Portillo’s, but wound up being overpowered by the restaurant’s employees,

Around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Julian Wilson entered the Portillo’s at 520 West Taylor and tried to rob the store at gunpoint, police said. Wilson held several employees at gunpoint, and he was in the process of robbing them when he was jumped by one of the victims who wrestled away his gun, according to police.

Wilson was arrested at the West Loop Portillo’s early Saturday. | Google

Two employees were injured by knives that they used to overpower Wilson, police said. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Detectives connected Wilson to the Quartino robbery during questioning on Saturday, police said.

Wilson is charged with three counts of attempted robbery with a firearm and one count of armed robbery with a firearm. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail on Sunday.

Around 11:45 p.m. on May 13, a gunman entered Quartino at 626 North State Street and encountered an employee who was counting money, police said at the time. The offender reportedly pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded that they hand over the cash. The employee followed the gunman’s demands and no one was injured, police said.

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