Update: Police release photos of suspects wanted in Marengo gas station robbery, shooting

Marengo police looking for two men, who authorities say were both armed with handguns

Police are searching for two men wanted in connection with a shooting that sent a Marengo gas station employee to the hospital early Wednesday.

The man shot during a suspected armed robbery at a Marengo Circle K/Shell gas station was flown to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Marengo police responded about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to the business at 600 N. State St., which is also Route 23, for a reported gunshot victim and armed robbery, according to a news release. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist.

The person shot, an adult male employee, was treated at the scene by Marengo Fire & Rescue personnel and flown to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford, Marengo Police Chief Paul Fritz said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the release.

Police are looking for two men, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. Both suspects were armed with handguns and took an unknown amount of money. The general public is not believed to be at risk, Fritz said.

The first suspect was described as a Hispanic man, about 5-foot-4- to 5-foot-5-inches tall, with a tattoo or mark on his right cheek. The man was seen on surveillance footage wearing a black hoodie with the text “Duckin bad vibes” on the chest, according to a news release from the Marengo Police Department Wednesday afternoon.

The second suspect also was described as a Hispanic man, about 5-foot-8- to 6-foot-1-inches tall. He was seen wearing boots, black jeans, a black jacket with a stipe on the shoulder and an unidentified white logo on the right chest, according to the release.

Officers are reviewing surveillance footage available from the robbery, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marengo Police Department at 815-568-7231 or the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the associate editor for the Northwest Herald. She spent about seven years prior to that with Shaw Media, first covering the town of Dixon for Sauk Valley Media and then various communities within McHenry County from 2012 to 2016.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.