10 years for armed robbery of Quartino, Portillo’s

Julian Wilson pleaded guilty to the May 13, 2018, robbery of Quartino in River North. | Google; CPD

A 24-year-old man today was sentenced to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the armed robberies of two popular Chicago restaurants last year.

Julian Wilson admitted that he entered Quartino restaurant at 626 North State Street around closing time on May 13th, 2018, and confronted an employee who was counting money in a rear office. Wilson pointed a handgun at the worker and ran out with the cash.

Wilson was arrested at this Portillo’s on July 8th | Google

Then, on July 8th, Wilson entered the West Loop Portillo’s restaurant at 520 West Taylor around 5 a.m. and held several employees and a delivery person at gunpoint in an attempted robbery. One of the workers wrestled away Wilson’s gun, and two employees were injured by knives that they used to overpower and detain Wilson, police said. None of the employees was seriously injured.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Nicholas Ford today, Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. Ford sentenced him to a pair of ten-year sentences to be served concurrently. Eleven additional charges were dropped in the plea agreement, including three counts of Class X felony kidnaping; multiple weapons charges; unlawful restraint; and additional robbery charges.
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