Chicago police say the man who robbed two North Side businesses at closing time last week is Williamomo Peray, a 44-year-old man on parole after getting an 18-year sentence in 2014 for robbing six businesses in the city.
Officers arrested Peray at his home, the Summit Motel, 5308 North Lincoln, on Tuesday morning.
He is charged with robbing Dunkin’ at 5723 North California on Monday and robbing two businesses located about a half-block apart last Wednesday night, according to a CPD media statement.
At about 11:24 p.m. that night, a woman was closing Kimberli Sushi & Thai Cuisine, 2547 West Lawrence, when a robber walked in and demanded money from the register, according to police. The offender, who did not display a weapon, fled on foot.
Around the same time, a man entered The Green Post, 4749 North Rockwell, as a 33-year-old male employee was shutting down the bar. The robber walked up to the counter and demanded money from the register. He did not display a weapon and fled on foot, according to CPD.
Chicago police determined that the person who robbed the Dunkin’ walked toward a strip of Lincoln Avenue motels frequented by transients, according to a CPD report. They showed surveillance images of the robber to motel employees, and one of them identified Peray, the report said. Video from the Summit Motel allegedly showed Peray leaving the property before the robbery and returning after the holdup while wearing the same clothes as the robber.
Illinois Department of Corrections records show Peray is currently on parole, having been released from custody on July 8, 2022.
He was given six concurrent 18-year sentences in 2014 for robbing convenience stores, a restaurant, and other businesses between November 2013 and January 2014, according to records in his court files. During those robberies, he was on parole from a seven-year sentence he received for robbing a Logan Square dry cleaner in 2010. At the time of the Logan Square robbery, he was on parole for an eight-year sentence he received for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2005. And at the time of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon case, he was on parole for a 2004 burglary.
He received probation for two other burglaries in 2000.
Judge Barbara Dawkins set his bail at $300,000 on Wednesday afternoon. State officials are also reviewing his parole status due to the new robbery allegations.