BELOIT—Two people were arrested in Beloit on Saturday night following armed robberies in Janesville that led to a pursuit across Rock County, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.
Emily Revel, 25, of Janesville, who allegedly was the driver of the vehicle, faces possible charges of party to the crime of armed robbery, party to the crime of retail theft, fleeing law enforcement, second degree recklessly endangering safety and bail jumping. Benito M. Del Bosque, 47, of Bear Creek, Wisconsin, faces possible charges of armed robbery, retail theft, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and probation violation, according to a news release from Janesville police.
At around 6:48 p.m., Janesville police were dispatched to a report of a male suspect attempting to rob the Virk’s Liquor Citgo, 2807 W. Court St., after displaying a metal pipe and demanding money. A clerk at the store gave police a suspect vehicle description.
While officers investigated the first report, a Janesville officer began checking other businesses in the area. As the officer passed an Exxon gas station, 1445 Center Ave., he observed a vehicle matching the suspect description parked at the gas station. When the officer began to investigate, the officer observed a male run from the store and jump in the passenger door yelling for the driver to drive away, the Janesville police release states, with the gas station clerk indicating to the officer the business had just been robbed.
The Janesville officer pursued the suspect vehicle that traveled south on U.S. Highway 51 into Beloit, with officers and deputies from the Beloit Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
After “several unsuccessful attempts” stop sticks were deployed and a Beloit police officer successfully deflated the suspect vehicles tires, the Janesville police news release said.
The vehicle came to a stop on U.S. Highway 51 (Riverside Drive) near Henry Avenue in Beloit.
When the vehicle stopped, Del Bosque exited the passenger side of the vehicle yelled to officers that he was armed.
“He then exited the vehicle in a rapid manor holding a metal pipe as though it were a shotgun making a “racking” motion with his hands and pointing at officers at the scene,” Janesville Sgt. Jimmy Holford said in the release. “The officers were able to recognize that the item was not a firearm and did not fire.”
A taser was deployed by an officer and the he was arrested along with the female driver, the news release states.
Del Bosque was also identified as a suspect in an armed robbery from Nov. 13 at the Citgo gas station, 1002 S. Jackson St., Janesville.
Del Bosque is currently in custody on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections warrant for armed robbery.