Suspected armed robber held on $1 million bond

By Tereasa Nims
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – A 36-year-old Lincoln Park man is no stranger to jail, which is where he may be staying after being issued a $1 million bond for an alleged Nov. 12 armed robbery.

Terry Blanton is suspected of attempting to rob a 53-year-old Lincoln Park man, saying he had a gun.

The victim told police that Blanton and an unidentified woman approached his vehicle while parked at Kroger, 2060 Dix. A witness said the pair approached three other vehicles first, but they fled.

The victim said the pair asked for a ride to Outer Drive and Dix and told them he wasn’t going that way and looked down at his phone. The victim said the man grabbed his right arm and said, “I have a gun. Give me your money.”

The victim said he didn’t see a gun and opened the door, pushing the man away. The victim then grabbed a tool from his truck and threatened to hit the man. That’s when the man and woman ran.

The Blanton was later caught in the area. The victim identified him as the man who tried to rob him.

Blanton was reportedly caught with unopened packages containing a charging cord and a male grooming pack, which were reported stolen from Kroger.

Blanton was arraigned Tuesday by 25th District Court Judge Gregory Clifton and held on a $1 million bond for armed robbery.

He is scheduled for a preliminary examination of the evidence against him at 9 a.m. Nov. 22. Blanton was charged with delivery or manufacturing marijuana, multiple counts of retail fraud and receiving and concealing a motor vehicle.

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