Man Robbed Lollapalooza Ticket Brokers, Prosecutors Say

Imad Gordon (inset) is charged with robbing ticket brokers at Lollapalooza 2017 | Lolla image: SwimFinFan

Update February 20, 2018: Prosecutors later dropped all charges against Gordon in this case.
A ticket broker’s sale of Lollapalooza wristbands turned into a robbery at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 South Michigan, last Thursday. A Woodlawn man who cops found hiding under a car in a nearby parking garage is charged with the crime, police said.

Three employees of a ticket brokerage were at the hotel around 7 p.m. when 21-year-old Imad Gordon punched one of the men in the face, took 10 wristbands valued at $2,000, and then ran away, according to court records.

Police, working with a radio broadcast of the offender’s description, “were directed toward a parking lot…by some kind citizens,” a report said.

Gordon—“matching the exact description”—was found lying beneath a car in the 800 block of South Wabash, officers said. The ticket brokers were able to identify Gordon, prosecutors said.

A judge on Friday set Gordon’s bail at $100,000.

In July 2013, Gordon was accused of robbing a man at a house party in Avondale. A judge sentenced him to one year probation and 30 hours of community service.

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