Boystown’s Knee-Popping, Eardrum-Busting Robbery Offender Gets Prison

Suarez | Illinois Dept of Corrections

The third of three men accused of robbing two people on a CTA train and battering a man in Boystown during a night-long crime spree has been sentenced to prison.

Oscar Suarez, 29, received three 6-year sentences to run concurrently after pleading guilty to the September 2015 attacks. He is scheduled to be paroled in September 2019.

Two men who were arrested with Suarez that night—Elohim Bey and Keith Perkins—were sentenced previously.

The Boystown victim suffered a punctured eardrum and a broken kneecap at the hands of Suarez and Perkins during an attack in the 3200 block of North Halsted, according to prosecutors. The duo also took the man’s phone before he managed to seek refuge in a taxi cab.

All three men were arrested in the Loop later that night after they allegedly robbed two more people on a Blue Line train.

Bey (left) and Perkins | Illinois Dept of Corrections

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.

Bey, 23, was charged in connection with the train robberies, but not the Boystown incident. He received a single four-year sentence in February.

Perkins, 25, was sentenced to three concurrent 66-month sentences in March.

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