A 25-year-old Evanston man who turned himself in after police circulated his photo to generate leads has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on armed robbery charges from 2012, police announced today.
The offender, Timothy A. Blue, pled guilty to armed robbery in a Skokie courtroom on Monday and was sentenced by Cook County Judge Marguerite Quinn to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, police said.
Blue had been charged with robbing three female Northwestern University students in the 2000 block of Pratt Court on Aug. 19, 2012.
Three days later, the suspect, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in after Evanston police released a still shot from surveillance footage showing Blue at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Skokie, where one of the victim’s credit cards was used shortly after the incident.
Blue was identified after his arrest in a line-up and charged with the crime, said Commander Jay Parrott, department spokesperson. The second offender was never identified and is still wanted for the incident, Parrott said. Blue has been in custody since his arrest.
Parrott said the case is “ a great example of how releasing an image of a subject related to a crime” can aid a police department and the public.
“In this particular case the suspect’s fear of being identified, when the photo was released to the media, caused him to be turned in,” he said.Tags: police