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Alleged armed robber arrested
Charge dropped against second suspect
Carmille Nelson
Carmille K. Nelson - photo by Grant County Sheriffs Office

The man accused of robbing Stop-N-Go in Platteville on Christmas night was arrested in Chicago last week.

The second man charged in connection with the robbery had his charges dropped in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Feb. 2.

Carmille Kalvin Nelson, 19, Chicago, made his first court appearance on a charge of party to armed robbery Tuesday. Bond was set at $10,000 cash.

Nelson's preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $100,000 fines if convicted.

Police arrested Jamil Malik Ware, 20, Chicago, in Dubuque Jan. 18. Ware was alleged to be the suspect who was waiting outside the store while Nelson committed the robbery inside the store, according to police.

Ware’s preliminary hearing was held Feb. 2, where he motioned for the dismissal of his charge. According to court records, Ware’s attorney, Jeremiah Meyer-O’Day, claimed the criminal complaint didn’t show that Ware was directly involved with the robbery or knew that Nelson was going to rob the store.

Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day granted the motion for dismissal.

“The judge ruled that the actions he took did not qualify as being a party to a crime but, rather, that he was a mere bystander,” said District Attorney Lisa Riniker.

 An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 25 for Nelson, who is believed to have returned to the Chicago area, according to Platteville police.

The Stop-N-Go at North Water Street and East Madison Street was robbed on Christmas around 9 p.m.

The suspect now identified as Nelson, who had a handgun, fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, a bank bag, and an unopened bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, according to police.

Police said an “observant community member” provided information that led to Ware’s identification and Nelson’s arrest on an unrelated case in Dubuque Dec. 26.