‘Sorry I have to do this,’ man says before allegedly robbing West Rogers Park donut shop

Victor Ramirez | CPD

At least he apologized.

Prosecutors say a North Side man apologized to a Dunkin’ donut shop employee before he hopped the counter and robbed the place at knifepoint.

Victor Ramirez smoked a cigarette outside the shop at 6254 North Western before putting on his COVID mask and walking in around 9 p.m. on August 14, prosecutors said.

He allegedly struck up a conversation with the cashier, asked for bus money, and something to drink. The cashier obliged on both points by giving him change from the register and a decaf.

“I’m sorry I have to do this,” Ramirez allegedly told the clerk as he hopped the counter and announced he was robbing the joint.

While Ramirez brandished a knife, the clerk grabbed a donut bag and filled it with cash from the register, prosecutors said. According to the allegations, the store’s security cameras recorded everything and clearly show Ramirez’s face and tattoos.

Cops arrested Ramirez a couple of weeks later after they pulled him over for driving an allegedly stolen van. Prosecutors said he ran into traffic, got hit by a car, got up, and kept running. The police caught him and recognized him as the Dunkin’ bandit.

He’s charged with armed robbery, resisting police, reckless conduct, and driving on a revoked license.

Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $200,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit. The judge said he’ll need to post an additional $2,500 deposit for violating the terms of probation in a domestic battery case.

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