|Lakes robbed a victim outside of Ann Sather while he was on parole for beating and robbing another man at the Belmont CTA station, prosecutors said. | Google|
In June 2014, Roger Lakes and two other men beat and robbed a man in the 900 block of West Belmont, prosecutors said. He probably wouldn’t have been caught if he hadn’t returned to the scene of the crime two days later while observant police looked on.
|Lakes | Chicago Police Dept|
Lakes was sentenced to five years in prison for the robbery and four years for severely battering his victim.
Now, sit down for this part: Lakes was released on parole last year and he’s been arrested again for robbing yet another victim in the 900 block of West Belmont—this time outside of Alderman Tom Tunney’s flagship Ann Sather Restaurant.
Early on June 17, 2014, a Chicago Police Department prisoner transport van declared an emergency outside of the Belmont CTA station.
The officers had just found a robbery victim down, bleeding from the head in the middle of Belmont under the L tracks. The 34-year-old man was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with serious injuries.
Two days later, Roger Lakes was arrested as he stood on the steps of the Belmont Red Line station. Patrol officers who had seen CTA surveillance images of the attack recognized Lakes as being one of the robbery offenders.
One of Lakes’ partners in the attack, Joshua Givens, was arrested the next night when he also returned to the Belmont CTA station and was recognized by police.
The third offender was never found.
Lakes and Givens both pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated battery-causing great bodily harm. Lakes was sentenced to five years for the robbery and four years for the aggravated battery. Givens received 42 months for each charge.
Freed From Prison
Lakes, 24, was freed from prison in May of last year after serving less than half of the “5 years plus 4 years” concurrent sentences.
Five months later, he was arrested for allegedly selling crack near Truman College.
Now, another robbery charge has been filed against him.
Prosecutors say he has been identified as the man who beat and robbed a victim in front of Ann Sather at 2:45 a.m. on November 4.
His bail is set at $100,000.
Police say he’s a Gangster Disciples street gang member.