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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, April 30, 2021

Lisle Man Charged with Armed Robbery at Carol Stream Gas Station

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream Chief of Police William Holmer announced today that bond has been set for a Lisle man accused of robbing a Carol Stream gas station at knifepoint. Paul Gleason, 34 (d.o.b. 1/8/1987) with a last known address in the 900 block of Inverness Road, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Gleason has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony), one count of Misdemeanor Violation of Domestic Violence Bail Bond and one count of Misdemeanor Resisting a Police Officer.

On April 29, 2021 at approximately 1:19 a.m., Carol Stream police officers responded to the Pilot gas station at 170 N. North Avenue for a report of a robbery. Upon their arrival, officers spoke with the register clerk and the manager. It is alleged that an individual, later identified as Gleason, approached the register, and stated “I guess I'm going to have to rob" to the clerk at the counter. It is alleged that Gleason then took a folding pocket knife out of his pocket, opened it and showed it to the clerk. It is further alleged that at this point the manager saw what was happening and approached Gleason and the clerk. It is alleged that the manager gave Gleason $120 from the cash register after which, Gleason fled the scene.

A short time later, Carol Stream police officers located Gleason on a road near the gas station. It is alleged that as officers attempted to take Gleason into custody, he ignored officers’ commands and approached the officers while holding a black object in his hand and telling officers “just shoot me.” Despite Gleason’s alleged attempts to resist arrest, he was taken into custody at this time.

“It is alleged that Mr. Gleason robbed the Pilot gas station at knifepoint, threatening a clerk who was just trying to make an honest living,” Berlin said. “This type of violent crime will not be tolerated in DuPage County. I would like to commend the Carol Stream police officers involved in this incident for their quick response and the professionalism they displayed when taking Mr. Gleason into custody. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Patrick Miner and Claudia Fantauzzo for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Gleason.”

Chief Holmer commended the responding officers stating “Police officers don’t ask to be put into situations like this, but these are the types of encounters with which officers are frequently confronted. I am proud of the professionalism and patience displayed by our officers in protecting the community.”

Gleason’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 27, 2021 for arraignment in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.