UPDATE: Belmont Mob Attackers Due In Court

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Over the weekend, a reader commented on our wildings report page that,”I heard today that the prosecutor just dropped all charges against…the ones on the CTA awhile back.” It turns out the case they are referring to was in the Gold Coast this spring.

The comment made us curious, though, and we wanted to be sure that the two men accused of robbing and stabbing two victims next to the Belmont Red Line last month are still facing justice.

Our mole at 26th and California delivered the good news to us this morning: As of today, Morgan Townsend and Deondre Williams are still charged with aggravated battery with a knife or cutting instrument, robbery, and mob action.

Both defendants are due in court at Branch 42, 2452 W. Belmont, this Friday, July 19, at 9AM.

We also were given a little peek-a-boo at the offenders’ criminal histories. While these are the first criminal charges on Williams’ adult record, Townsend is well on his way toward establishing career criminal status.

In addition to having the uncanny ability to get arrested for being inside other people’s vehicles without the owners’ permission, Townsend was charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint in 2010. He entered a guilty plea on February 24, 2011, and was sentenced to [wait for it] two years’ probation.

Online sources indicate that Townsend was arrested less than 3 months later for robbery. Again.

Let’s see if the judge can get it right this time.

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