Duo charged with robbing River North donut shop, beating its employees

Joshua Santana (L) and Raul Tijerina are charged with robbing this Dunkin Donuts and beating its employees, police said. | CPD; Google

Two men are now charged with beating and robbing the employees of a Dunkin Donuts restaurant in River North early Sunday morning. One of the men is on parole for shooting someone in 2007.

Police were called to the donut shop at 309 West Chicago around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after employees noticed two masked men outside the restaurant’s front door. Officers arrived quickly enough to see the robbery unfolding and they engaged two offenders in a foot pursuit that ended with two arrests in the 700 block of North Wells.

Joshua Santana, 27, and Raul Tijerina, 32, were taken into custody as they ran with the store’s cash register, a self-defense baton, a laptop bag, and a gun, according to police.

Police said the two entered the restaurant and began beating the employees with their fists and with the handgun before gathering proceeds and running out as police arrived. Tijerina is on parole after being sentenced to ten years for aggravated battery with a firearm in 2008.

Both men are charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm. Tijerina is also held on a warrant for violation of parole. They are due in bond court this afternoon.

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