Robbery With Paintball Gun In Lincoln Park Earns Man Probation

McCaskill | Chicago Police Dept

One of two men accused of threatening pedestrians with a rifle-like paintball gun around Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park in 2015 has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery.

Raheem McCaskill, 23, received 30-months probation in the case, which stems from an incident in which he and another man allegedly demanded a pedestrian’s shoes while brandishing the paintball gun near Clark and Fullerton.

McCaskill’s partner in crime, LeDonte Washington, pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a 3-year prison sentence in December 2015.

Washington was released after serving less than 6-months, state records show.

Photo of a paintball gun from McCaskill’s Facebook page. In the photo’s caption, McCaskill said he would be “popping up on mfs tonight.” 

As CWBChicago reported at the time of the pair’s arrest, McCaskill’s Facebook page included a video showing an apparent stranger running in fear after being threatened with what is later shown to be a fake rifle.

Also posted: footage of McCaskill entering a home while firing a “gun” to scare people inside and a photo post in which MeCaskill said he just had a great time threatening people with a paintball gun because “s*** look real.”

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