A man convicted of a February robbery on Howard Street in Evansston was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison by Circuit Judge Garritt Howard.

Danny Wicker, 41, of Chicago, was convicted of holding up Robby’s Communications at 333 Howard St. on Feb. 16.

Poilice Cmdr. Jay Parrott says Wicker initially entered the store and looked around, then left and re-entered a short time later and with one hand in his coat pocket. He implied he had a gun and demanded money from the store clerk.

The clerk took cash from the register and gave it to Wicker, who then fled on foot and got onto a CTA. Red Line train southbound into Chicago from Howard St.  

Parrott says after a witness told police Wicker was on the train, police stopped the train at the Thorndale Avenue stop along with Chicago Police officers from the Rogers Park District and located Wicker inside.

He was taken into custody and positively identified by the store clerk as the robber and police say he also had the cash taken from the store. A surveillance video from the store also provided evidence of the robbery.

Wicker was charged with aggravated robbery, a charge Parrott says is used when a person commits a robbery and implies that he’s armed even though he doesn’t actually use a firearm during the commission of the crime. 

At the time of the crime, Wicker was on parole and was sentenced as a Class X felony because of his previous criminal record as a convicted felon for robbery. Wicker has been in-custody since his arrest.       

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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