A 23-year-old South Side man has been charged with three of the recent robberies reported in Lakeview and Roscoe Village.
Darryl D. Walton of the 7000 block of S. Eberhart faces three counts of robbery, one count of receiving or possessing a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.
He was arrested early yesterday morning behind 526 W Roscoe in Boystown after an hour-long hunt by 19th district officers.
Walton is charged with:
- the robbery of a retired police officer behind her home in the 1800 block of W. Cornelia on Monday evening.
- the robbery of a Lakeview woman as she walked to work in the 800 block of W Oakdale at 8:40 the next morning.
- the robbery of a woman on her way to work at 6:15AM Wednesday in the 4000 block of N Hermitage
Police say they saw Walton behind the wheel of a stolen Toyota Highlander that was suspected of being used in area robberies around 2:45AM Thursday near Belmont and Sheridan.
He allegedly crashed into a vehicle, and then attempted to flee onto Lake Shore Drive. Officers trapped the Highlander and the driver fled into the park near Belmont Harbor.
Cops set up a perimeter around the 400 and 500 blocks of W Roscoe and then began a meticulous grid search of the area. Walton was arrested an hour later.
Bail for Walton is set at $250,000.
Detectives continue to investigate other cases to see if there are links to Walton.
NOTE: Chicago police originally reported Walton’s age as 18. CWB has subsequently learned that Walton is actually 23.
Images: Walton’s mugshot from the Chicago Police Department; Police stop the Toyota Highlander on Lake Shore Drive early Thursday morning.