Pride Fest Weekend Sees At Least 4 Robberies In Boystown Area; Two Charged

Roscoe and Halsted was packed this weekend during Pride Fest. | CWBChicago reader photo

At least four robberies were reported in the Boystown area over Pride Fest weekend, yielding two arrests, police said.

Most recently, two people were robbed during a melee at Buckingham and Halsted as the festival ended around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Witnesses reported what appeared to be a fight among women on the street, but police soon determined that the incident was two robberies unfolding. One victim suffered exposure to an attacker’s pepper spray.

Cops pursued one offender through some yards in the 800 block of West Aldine, and two arrests were made.

Information about the suspects is not yet available

Tucker (inset) is charged with battering three men during an attempted robbery in Boystown on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, a 22-year-old Grand Crossing man was accused of battering three men during an attempted robbery near Halsted and Newport, police said.

Demetrius Tucker was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after he was identified as the person who tried to take a man’s wallet in the 800 block of West Newport, according to police.

When the 26-year-old victim resisted, Tucker punched the man in the face. Two men who tried to help the 26-year-old were also hit by Tucker, police said.

A fourth person, described by police as a 24-year-old witness, was able to detain Tucker until officers arrived moments later.

Tucker’s charged with one count of felony attempt robbery and three felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place. He is due in bond court on Monday.

• The first known mugging of the weekend came at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Police said a man was punched in the face, beaten, and robbed at Roscoe and Clark by two offenders—including one who was wearing a rainbow glow stick.

The man was found “all bloodied up” at 3335 North Clark after losing $10 to the attackers. An ambulance crew treated him for his injuries.

Both offenders were described as black men in dark clothing. One is in his late teens, heavy-set, and about 5’6” tall. He was carrying a rainbow glow stick. The other man is thinner.

Robie (inset) was arrested at Halsted and Roscoe after allegedly stealing a 60-year-old beggar’s change cup.

• Finally, a man who escaped serious legal problems ten days ago when a Florida man refused to press robbery charges against him after an alleged hold-up in Boystown was arrested again on Sunday morning.

Police said that 19-year-old Derrick Robie was taken into custody after he stole a 60-year-old beggar’s change cup at Halsted and Roscoe.

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