15 years for man who duct-taped employee to chair during Walgreens robbery

Marquise Causey and the Walgreens at 4801 North Lincoln (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — The man who duct-taped a Walgreens employee to a chair during a robbery in Lincoln Square two years ago has been given a 15-year prison sentence.

Marquise Causey, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and received the sentence from Judge Pamela Stratigakis, according to court records.

The robbery happened around 7 a.m. on July 18, 2022, at the 4801 North Lincoln location. A female store employee had arrived for work and was unlocking the front door when Causey walked up. Mistaking Causey for a customer, the woman told him the store had not yet opened.

He told her that he knew it was closed and then pulled out a gun and forced her into the store’s office, prosecutors said. He held the woman at gunpoint while she opened the safe, then taped her mouth closed and wrapped duct tape around her arms and torso as she sat in an office chair.

Causey filled a distinctive blue backpack with cash, then took the woman’s lunch bag and stuffed more money into it before escaping in a car, officials said. The entire incident was captured on video, but because the robber was wearing a mask, the store employee was unable to identify him.

Police caught a break when they discovered a nearby doorbell camera captured footage of the getaway car’s license plate. They learned that Causey’s girlfriend, who worked at the Walgreens, was the car’s registered owner.

About a week after the robbery, Walgreens employees noticed the getaway car outside the store and called the police. Officers pulled the vehicle over as it pulled out of the parking lot and detained Causey. Inside the car, officials allegedly discovered duct tape, a loaded handgun, and a blue backpack similar to the robber’s.

Causey’s sentence will be reduced to 7½ years for good behavior. Stratigakis gave him credit for 674 days spent in jail plus another 324 days of credit “at the discretion of” the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to court files.

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