Kids nabbed after violent robbery

02/08/2012 10:00 PM

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Police tracked down several young people in connection with a violent robbery which occurred in the late hours of Jan. 31.

At 11:51 p.m. that evening, police arrived at the first block of West Elm Street where a 22-year-old woman stated that she had been attacked and robbed by three people who were later identified to be two 14-year-old boys from Chicago and a 17-year-old girl from Woodstock, Ill.

The victim and witnesses stated that one of the boys grabbed her phone and proceeded to choke her with the strap of her purse, stating “Give me your f****** bag, b****,” and striking her with a closed fist.

The trio then fled to a nearby idling vehicle, where two Crystal Lake women, were waiting. Police received calls of the incident and reports of reckless driving for a vehicle that matched the description of the car, and after a brief tour officers observed the offenders in traffic near the corner of North and Sawyer avenues. Police briefly lost sight of the vehicle and later found it parked at Kedzie and Wabansia avenues, but by that time three of the offenders had fled the vehicle.

The officers apprehended Higgins and one of the boys and returned them to the scene of the attack, at which point they learned that the minor lived not far from the location.

Upon approaching his house, officers observed the other three offenders entering the home, but the owner of the residence reportedly forced the suspects to go and back outside, where they were detained and transported to the 18th District police station for processing.

Random attack

Police arrested a man who was fingered as the perpetrator of a violent mugging on the Near North Side on the afternoon of Feb. 6.

At around 1:30 p.m. that day, a 23-year-old woman was walking on the 800 block of North Orleans when a man later identified as Bryant J. McClinton walked up and struck her with a closed fist, knocking the victim to the ground and causing her to drop her purse.

Witnesses told police that McClinton, of the 1100 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, then proceeded to “hover” over the woman, striking her in the head and face before eventually running away.

A witness chased McClinton, 24, down Chicago Avenue as others contacted police. Shortly after, officers located the suspect near Larrabee Street, and after conducting a field interview they returned McClinton to the scene of the attack where he was positively identified by witnesses.

When later asked why he attacked the woman, McClinton stated that the victim, who was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and treated for head and face injuries, had “looked at him funny.”

A short but costly encounter

At 2:00 a.m. on Jan. 28, two unknown men believed to be in their mid-20s approached a man on the 700 block of North Wells Street and demanded that he get into their vehicle.

Once in the car, the suspects drove the man to an ATM and ordered him to take out money. The victim withdrew $360 in cash and gave it to the offenders, after which point he was able to escape his captors. The man, 22, told police that he was not injured during the incident.

Phone grabbed

A 21-year-old woman told police that on the evening of Jan. 31 she was walking on the 900 block of West Webster Street when an unknown person ran up and pushed her to the ground from behind, grabbing her iPhone and running away.

Tool lifted from construction site

An employee at a construction site on the 800 block of West Blackhawk Street told police that someone stole a drill from the property sometime during the afternoon of Feb. 2. The tool, which had been taken from a box at the site, was estimated to be worth at least $800.

n This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records of the 18th District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

—Compiled by Ian Fullerton

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