Police: Palm print leads to armed robbery suspect

Tribune reporters

Tossing away a plastic bag in a parking lot might be littering, but when it happens after an armed robbery it can lead to a Class X felony charge -- if St. Charles police find a palm print on it.

On May 19, a 37-year-old man was attacked by two robbers -- one with a handgun -- while walking in a bank parking lot at 1525 W. Main St. in St. Charles.

Cash, a wrist watch and a cell phone were taken from the victim, police said, along with a plastic bag containing cigars. The victim was not wounded.

During the investigation, police on the scene recovered the bag containing the stolen cigars and were able to find a palm print on the plastic.

The print was sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Division for comparison, and in late September St. Charles police were told there was a match to Antwon D. Powell, 32, of the 2100 block of Roland Drive in Glendale Heights, authorities said.

In the past few years it has become more common for palm prints to be included when taking fingerprint records, so palm print matches can be made, said St. Charles Police public information Officer Paul McCurtain.

Police put out the word Powell was being sought, and on Tuesday he was taken into custody and charged with armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony, police said.

On Wednesday, he appeared in Kane County Court, where bail was set at $500,000.

McCurtain said the second robbery suspect was not yet in custody and the investigation continued.

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