Prosecutors: Two charged with robbing Avondale florist; Victim shot one offender 4 times

Victor Santiago (inset) is charged with robbery. No mugshot of Quinones was available. | CPD

Two men beat and robbed an Avondale florist when they accompanied a former employee of the victim to collect her final paycheck, prosecutors said. The victim, 67, managed to shoot one of the offenders four times.

Prosecutors said Daniel Quinones, 31, and Victor Santiago, 21, accompanied a relative of Quinones to meet the florist in the 2800 block of West Belmont around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The victim had texted the relative and said she could come to pick up her final pay after she quit last week.

The two men beat the store owner, and Quinones said “We’re gonna take all of it” as he reached into the victim’s pants and took $869 cash, according to prosecutors.

But there was a significant turn of events when the victim escaped from the two offenders, retrieved a gun from his car, and shot Quinones four times. Chicago police this morning confirmed that no charges are being sought against the victim.

Quinones collapsed in a nearby yard. His female relative drove away from the scene. And Santiago fled, but later turned himself in to police, prosecutors said.

Quinones’ condition was stabilized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The victim was treated and released for bruising and swelling to his face and head.

Santiago and Quinones are each charged with one count of aggravated robbery. Judge Mary Marubio ordered them held without bail.

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