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By Devin Rose
A 19-year-old convicted felon out on parole was charged Thursday night with robbing the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Oak Park earlier this month, police said in a statement last Friday.
Based on the sketch distributed to the public and other law enforcement agencies, an officer from Chicago's 25th Police District recognized Travion D. Trapp from an earlier traffic stop. An employee at Ridgeland Common also contacted police with information that allowed them to place Trapp in Oak Park the day of the robbery.
Officers conducted surveillance on Trapp's home in the 300 block of North Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.
They followed him to the 400 block of North Pulaski Avenue shortly before noon on Thursday, where he was stopped and arrested.
The victim picked Trapp out of a photo array and later identified him from a line-up, the statement said.
During the Dec. 5 robbery, Trapp allegedly took cash from the bakery's register and safe and held an employee around the neck before locking her inside a basement storeroom. He also took her cellphone and car keys, for a total loss of about $3,550.
Trapp was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and burglary.
A bond hearing was scheduled for Dec. 16. Trapp was on parole after serving one year of a three-year sentence for robbery, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Samantha Gilmore, general manager of the bakery at 1010 North Blvd., said it will reopen by tomorrow and stay open at least through the end of the month. But due to a decrease in revenue and staff not feeling comfortable in the store after the robbery, Gilmore said other locations in Oak Park will be scouted.
Meanwhile, Gilmore said cameras at the store's Belmont location, which will soon move down the street, will be installed at the Oak Park location for now.
Bad vibes: Bleeding Heart Bakery, 1010 North Blvd., may be moving to a new location.
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