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Men plead guilty to armed robbery in Darien

November 24, 2011

ELKHORN — Three men who robbed a woman at a strip club at gun point have pleaded guilty to the crime in the last month.

Issac J. King, 19, Milwaukee; Johnny L. Jones, 19, Glendale; and Xavius O'Neall, 17, Milwaukee all pleaded guilty to a felony count of armed robbery.

When each of them are sentenced, they each face up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

Jones and King are scheduled for Jan. 12 sentencing hearings and O'Neall will be sentenced Feb. 8.

All three men had an additional felony charge of attempted armed robbery and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon dismissed but it will be considered during the sentencing hearing. King was charged with felony second-degree reckless endangerment. That charge also was dismissed but will be considered during the sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint:

On April 22 at 2 a.m., police responded to the Show Palace Club on Highway 14 in Darien after receiving a report of a female employee being robbed at gun point.

Police first spoke with a man who said shortly before 2 a.m. he had left the Show Palace and returned to his vehicle. When in his vehicle, he observed an individual standing next to the car pointing a silver handgun toward him.

He looked out the passenger side and saw two other people with guns in their hands. Fearing for his safety, he put the vehicle in gear and fled the scene.

The man called the Show Palace warning them not to have anyone go outside because someone had tried to rob him.

Police then interviewed a woman who was visibly distressed and crying. She stated she had been robbed at gun point.

As the woman entered her car, another vehicle pulled up in the parking lot pointing its headlights at her. A man exited the vehicle and pointed a silver handgun at her and told her "Give me all of it."

The woman said she gave all her money to the man and her purse. She told police her purse contained a credit card, gift cards, a cell phone and about $450 to $500 in cash.

At about 2:35 a.m. a village of East Troy police officer stopped a vehicle on I-43 for speeding.

Jones, who was driving, said he and King and O'Neall had come from the Motel 8 near the McDonalds. Jones said the three were meeting a friend who didn't show up.

The officer asked for permission to search the vehicle and Jones replied "Yeah, Ok."

While searching the truck, police found three silver handguns and a credit card with the woman's name on it.

Police interviewed O'Neall who said he went to the Super 8 motel to meet some girls, but the girls never showed up. He said they were heading home when they were stopped by police; he denied any wrongdoing. King told police they had travelled to Delavan to rob someone. He stated two strippers had given him information to rob a "pimp."

King said this was planned before leaving Milwaukee.

However, the intended target wasn't at the Show Palace when they showed up.

At first they attempted to rob a man, but he drove away, King said. After that, the men robbed a girl entering her vehicle, King said.

The three men then met with two dancers that had helped plan the robbery and they all split the money.

At 6 a.m. that morning, police searched the roads between the Show Palace and the motel. In a trash can near the motel, police found a wallet that belonged to the victim.