Crime & Courts

Harvard man charged following armed robbery of grocery store: police

A Harvard man has been arrested following the armed robbery of a grocery store Monday evening, Harvard police said.

George Herrera

Harvard police responded at 6:42 p.m. Monday to El Tapatio Market, 201 S. Ayer St., for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred, according to a news release.

A masked man had entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money, police were told. The two on-duty clerks gave the man about $200 and he fled on foot, according to the release.

No one was injured, according to the release.

With the assistance of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, a K-9 search was conducted, during which a handgun and clothing matching what the man wore during the incident were discovered discarded near a dumpster in the adjacent parking lot, according to the release. It appeared the man may have then gotten into a vehicle and fled the area.

The Harvard Police Department continued the investigation throughout the night and about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, George Herrera, 35, of 715 W. Metzen St., Harvard, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated robbery, according to the release.

Herrera was taken to the McHenry County Jail. He was not listed on the jail log as of 9 a.m.

A criminal complaint also was not available through the McHenry County court system as of 9 a.m.