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Updated: September 28, 2012 6:16AM

Three people were arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery early Saturday morning, ending an all-night investigation by the Gurnee Police Department on an incident that began late Friday evening in the parking lot at 221 Minthaven Lane (subdivision just south of Warren High School on O’Plaine).

Arrested were 22-year-old Kaveal Butler, who lives on Derby Drive in Gurnee; 22-year-old Terrence Nelson, who lives on Newbridge Lane in Round Lake; and 17-year-old Dijon Collins, who lives on Village Park in Waukegan and is being charged as an adult.

All were formally charged with one count of armed robbery (Class 1 felony) and one count of aggravated battery (Class 3 felony).

The three were remanded to the Lake County Jail in Waukegan. Bond was set at $200,000 for Butler, $250,000 for Nelson, and $150,000 for Collins.

Initially, four suspects were taken into custody but after interviews by detectives, one was released without charges.

The incident that led to the arrests started after 11 o’clock Friday night.

According to the Gurnee Police Department, it received a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of 221 Minthaven Lane. The police said two 18-year-old males were there smoking and were approached by three males who asked them if they wanted to buy some marijuana.

The two 18-year-olds said they didn’t want any marijuana and started walking away.

The three suspects surrounded them and a suspect with dreadlocks displayed a black semi-automatic handgun.

The other two suspects then struck the two victims and started checking their pockets. The victims freed themselves and ran, and the suspects also fled the area.

Gurnee officers responded and took statements and suspect descriptions from the victims. There was no one in the area matching the descriptions of the suspects so officers started a canvass of the area for witnesses.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, an officer was at the 174 Minthaven building and two male blacks who matched the description of the suspects came out of an apartment. As the officer approached them, the suspect with dreadlocks went back in the apartment and slammed the door. The other suspect was taken into custody.

Officers set up a perimeter and attempted to contact the suspects inside, as three possibly armed suspects were believed to still be in the apartment but no one responded to attempts to contact them.

According to the report, the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team then was requested to respond.

An automated call was made and sent to surrounding residents informing them of a police emergency and instructing them to remain inside and away from windows.

After the NIPAS team arrived and established a perimeter, their negotiators were unsuccessful in attempts to contact the suspects in the apartment. NIPAS then made announcements over the PA system advising them to surrender. One suspect did exit the apartment and surrendered to officers outside.

After failing to get any response from the remaining suspects in the apartment, the NIPAS team deployed tear gas into the apartment.

Shortly thereafter, the two suspects left the apartment and surrendered. No weapons were recovered and there were no injuries. NIPAS cleared the call at 6:30 Saturday morning.

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