BOWLED OVER: 6 New Charges Against Man Accused Of Taking Cheese Fries At Gunpoint

It’s one of the weirdest stories we’ve reported all year. And things just went from bad to really bad for the man charged with robbing a bowling alley of cheese fries at gunpoint.

Originally charged with armed robbery/handgun and unlawful use of a weapon, 20-year-old Ambassador E. Harney now faces six new charges: Aggravated unlawful restraint; aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle; and two counts each of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.


And the allegations against Harney are remarkably simple. In court filings, prosecutors simply allege that he

“knowingly took property cheese fries from the victim/presence of the victim, Waveland Bowl/[NAME WITHHELD] by use and/or threatening the imminent use of force while carrying or being armed with a handgun.”

Court records show that Harney’s latest address is the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan.

Harney is due back in court on July 7. Bail is set at $150,000.

Boat Burglary Charges Filed


Following up on another story we told you about recently, prosecutors have filed burglary charges against a 24-year-old man whose Cook County Jail release papers were found on-board a burglarized boat in Diversey Harbor.

The boat’s owner returned to town early June 5 and found that someone had been living in his watercraft for several days.

“He has been cooking. He has been sleeping with a girl in my bed. He has taken anything and everything,” the owner told the Chicago Tribune. “This guy is pretty bold.”

Terry L. Mikkelson Jr was supposed to be on electronic monitoring at the time of the boat escapade, court records show. Sheriff’s deputies tracked him to a North Side no-tell motel on June 9.

He’s being held without bail as he awaits a July court appearance.

Mikkelson is facing another count of burglary in connection with a Lakeview theft last month as well as escape charges. He alternately lists the Howard Brown Health Center on Sheridan and The Crib youth shelter in Boystown as his home addresses.

Images: Cook County Sheriff’s Department
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