BOOMERANGS: Two Arrests In Belmont Attack

Roger Lakes (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE JUNE 21: Charges have been filed against a second man. That man, reported to be 19 in our report below, actually turned 20 on May 18th.


Outstanding work by 19th district officers has resulted in the arrests of two men in connection with a brutal beating and robbery under the Belmont L tracks early Tuesday morning. A third suspect remains at large.

The two suspects in custody were arrested 24-hours apart within feet of the crime scene by officers who recognized them while on routine patrol.

21-year-old Roger Lakes, who has prior arrests for crimes such as battery and theft, was taken into custody after being recognized by officers at Belmont and Sheffield around 1:50 yesterday morning. Lakes, whose address of record is the former location of the recently-improved Broadway Youth Center, is charged with robbery. Bond is set at $100,000.


The second suspect, a 19-year-old man with a Skokie address, was arrested outside of the Belmont CTA station entrance at 3 o’clock this morning—again by passing officers who recognized him as being wanted in connection with Tuesday’s attack. CWB is withholding his name until charges are filed.

According to a police source, Tuesday’s victim was chased, beaten, and robbed by three young black men between 18- and 24-years of age. The victim was found bleeding from the head in the middle of Belmont Avenue by a passing Chicago Police Department prisoner transfer unit. Part of the incident was captured on CTA surveillance video.

CPD case HX306826.

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