NOT LADYLIKE: Woman Charged With Attempted Robbery On Boystown Strip

A woman who received probation after pleading guilty to a suburban robbery in December 2013 is now charged with attempted robbery on Boystown’s Halsted strip. And one of her co-defendants in the suburban robbery is a man who has made regular appearances in CWB stories this year.

McDowell (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Dept)

Police say Denise McDowell, 20, “forcefully bumped” a 21-year-old Lincolnwood man and tried to take his money and cellphone near Halsted and Aldine.

McDowell received 2 years probation in the suburban robbery case. She managed to make it through 17 of those months without being accused of robbery again.

Bail is set at $70,000. McDowell is due back in court next week.

Suburban Case

According to a 2013 report in the Oak Park-River Forest Patch:

Three Chicago residents face robbery and mob action charges after they robbed an Oak Park girl on Ridgeland Avenue. 

The girl was walking with friends in the 0-100 block of North Ridgeland Avene around 3:30 p.m. when she noticed three or four people following them, police said. 

Denise McDowell, 18, of Chicago, grabbed the girl’s iPhone while Brian Conner, 20, of Chicago, and Edmen Williams, 23, of Chicago repeatedly told the girl to, “let it go,” police said. 

The offenders ran toward the Ridgeland CTA station, where they were arrested. They were each processed on robbery and mob action charges, police said. 

Conner also received two years probation in the case. So far this year, Conner has been charged with aggravated assault with a knife at the Center on Halsted; assault at the Center on Halsted; and shoplifting at the Boystown Jewel-Osco.

The two Center on Halsted cases were thrown out when the victims failed to show up in court. And Judge Marvin Luckman threw out the shoplifting case.  Conner’s probation in the robbery case ends in mid-December.

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