TRES LEACHES: Eardrum Punctured, Kneecap Broken In Boystown Robbery

CWB Chicago has learned new details about a brutal robbery and beating along the Boystown bar strip last Saturday morning, including the identity of a third man who is associated with the alleged offenders.

Keith Perkins, 23, of the Near West Side and Oscar Suarez, 28, of Edgewater were arrested in the Loop last Saturday morning after they allegedly robbed two people on a Blue Line CTA train.

Detectives were then able to connect the pair to another robbery that had been reported in Boystown earlier that morning.

In the CTA attacks, one victim told police that Perkins placed him in a chokehold while Suarez went through the victim’s pants and took his phone and wallet.

A second victim on the same train told police that Suarez punched him in the face while Perkins and third man, Elohim Bey, held him. Suarez then went into the victim’s pockets and took his iPhone, the victim said.

The Boystown victim suffered a punctured eardrum and a broken kneecap at the hands of Suarez and Perkins, according to prosecutors. The duo also took the man’s phone. His story was first reported by DNAInfo.

CWB Chicago has now learned that the Boystown victim sought refuge in a taxi cab after he was attacked at Halsted and Belmont  around 4:50AM. He told police that he had been attacked by two black men in their mid-20’s.

Moments later, we have learned, another 911 caller reported that two black men and a Hispanic man had threatened him and that they had moved on to threaten a woman nearby. He believed the three were about to attack the woman, he said.

Suarez and Perkins are each charged with two counts of robbery, one count of robbery while indicating the presence of a weapon, and one count of aggravated battery. Bail for each is set at $300,000.

Bey, 22, of East Garfield Park, is charged with one count of robbery and one count of robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm. He has not been charged in the Boystown incident. His bail is set at $90,000.

Image: Chicago Police Department mugshots of Bey, Perkins, and Suarez.

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