Both men were charged with armed robbery in our neighborhood. Both were tracked down by cops who followed signals from their victims’ cell phones. And, this week, both received 12-year prison sentences. (Both also have alleged accomplices whose cases have not yet been resolved.)
Armed Robbery At Surf And Broadway
Malik Cole’s 12-year sentence came Monday after he pleaded guilty to the August 2014 armed robbery of a woman near Surf and Broadway.
Cole, 18, was accused to taking the woman’s valuables while Demourle Moore held her at gunpoint.
After the robbery, 19th district cops used an app to track the victim’s iPhone to Lawrence and California, where they found the victim’s property and arrested Cole and Moore.
Moore, who was on parole at the time of the alleged robbery, was returned to prison to serve out the balance of a previous weapons violation. He will be handed over to the Cook County Sheriff when his prison sentence ends on February 16. His next court date in the robbery case is February 24.
3-Victim Robbery Spree
Charlie Allen, 24, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of armed robbery in connection with back-to-back muggings in our area on the night of December 8, 2013. He received a 12-year term.
Allen and Ronald Morgan allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in the 400 block of Barry as the victim walked home from a grocery store. Prosecutors say Allen and Morgan drove off and proceeded to rob two more men at gunpoint minutes later behind Blokes and Birds in Wrigleyville.
What Allen and Morgan didn’t know is that by the time they finished robbing the second set of victims, police had already begun chasing pings emanating from the first victim’s cell phone.
Officers caught up with the duo as they fled north on the Boystown strip.
Morgan’s case is still pending. He’s due back in court on March 17.
Rahm Security Break-In
One of the two individuals charged with breaking into police officers’ private cars outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s protective detail headquarters in Lake View last November has reached a plea deal.
Edwin Torres, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary on Thursday. He was given two years probation plus community service. Torres was also ordered to pay $500 restitution for vehicle damage and $719 in court costs.
His co-defendant, Maria Baez, is due back in court on March 4. She faces an additional charge of aggravated battery for allegedly colliding with an officer who confronted the duo.