BELOW THE BELT: With Helpful Witness, Cops Snag Two Robbery Suspects

Sandifer (L) and Wolaridge.

Update: Bail has been set at $150,000. Each.
A tenacious witness and equally tenacious cops successfully tracked down two attempted robbery offenders near Addison and Paulina early Thursday morning.

Police said a 33-year-old woman was jumped and threatened with a belt by two men who tried to take her purse as she walked in the 1600 block of West Addison around 12:10AM.

The offenders fled empty-handed when the woman fought back and citizens got involved.

One of the witnesses trailed the two suspects and phoned in play-by-play action to the city’s 911 dispatch center to help police move in.

Officers arrested the pair at 12:27AM after a short cat and mouse game in the 1700 block of W. Henderson.

The victim suffered a knee injury.

Charged today with attempted robbery were 22-year-old Lawrence Wolaridge and 19-year-old Kendrick Sandifer, both of the Austin neighborhood. Bail information is pending.

Photo: Chicago Police Department

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