Man shows metal pipe and demands money from Janesville liquor store clerk, police say | criminality

A 47-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for armed robbery after he showed a metal pipe and demanded money from employees at a liquor store and then a gas station, then engaged in a confrontation with police, Janesville police said.

Officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the Virks liquor store at 2807 West Court St. just before 6:50 p.m. Saturday, according to the Janesville Police Department. The clerk gave police a description of the suspect, who was later identified as Benito Del Bosque, and his vehicle.

An officer checked nearby businesses and found a vehicle matching Del Bosque’s in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station at 1445 Center Ave, police said. The officer saw Del Bosque running out of the store, jumping in the passenger side door of the car and yelling at the driver to leave as the gas station clerk waved his arms at the officers.

The officer chased the car south to Beloit, and other police were involved. A Beloit police officer deflated the car’s tires with a tire deflation device, causing the vehicle to stop on Highway 51 north of Henry Avenue.

People also read…

Del Bosque told police he had a gun, but officers recognized it as the metal pipe. He pointed the pipe at officers as if it were a gun, and officers responded by using a Taser on him. Officers then arrested Del Bosque and the driver, a 25-year-old woman named Emily Revel.

Del Bosque, who was also the suspect in a Nov. 13 robbery at a Citgo gas station, has been provisionally charged with retail theft, two armed robberies, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting and a violation of probation.

Revel was provisionally charged with participating in the crime of armed robbery and retail theft, running from an officer, recklessly endangering security and jumping bail.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the incident.