6 years for man who violently robbed NW Side pharmacy

Tyler Johnson (Cook County sheriff’s office, Google)

CHICAGO — A California man has pleaded guilty to violently robbing a Walgreens pharmacy in Portage Park last autumn.

Tyler Johnson and a 17-year-old boy entered the pharmacy area on the evening of October 1. Officials said Johnson grabbed a pharmacy technician by the neck and threatened to kill them while indicating he had a weapon.

“Don’t make a sound, or I’ll kill you,” Johnson allegedly warned the workers.

Johnson and the teen held four pharmacy employees at bay while taking 58 bottles of prescription drugs from a safe and cash from the register, according to prosecutors.

But cops responded quickly to 911 calls about the robbery in progress. In fact, Johnson and the boy were still in the store when CPD arrived. They were quickly arrested.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of aggravated robbery before Judge Aleksandra Gillespie. She sentenced him to two concurrent six-year terms. He will be eligible for release after three years, on September 28, 2026.

However, the judge directed him to participate in a “structured impact program,” which could result in an earlier release with supervision.

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