COPS: Eleven Days After Getting Probation For Boystown Robbery, Man Beat And Robbed Another Victim Downtown

Eleven days after he got probation for beating and robbing a man in 2017, Delonte Sawyer beat and robbed another man in a CTA pedestrian tunnel downtown, prosecutors say. | Chicago Police Department

On February 2, Delonte Sawyer received probation for beating and robbing a man in Boystown last year. Eleven days after receiving probation, he beat and robbed another victim in a CTA pedestrian tunnel downtown, police say.

Sawyer, of the Grand Crossing neighborhood, was one of four men who robbed the victim underground at 200 South State Street around 7 a.m. on February 13, authorities said. He was arrested late last week after someone recognized him in a police department community alert.

Police were seeking these four men in connection with robberies in tunnels downtown. | Chicago Police Dept

Lindsey | Chicago Police Dept

He is charged with felony robbery along with 18-year-old Dernandiez Lindsey of Rogers Park and an unidentified 17-year-old juvenile.

Prosecutors say Sawyer, Lindsey, the juvenile and an unknown fourth offender confronted a 17-year-old boy in one of the pedestrian tunnels and demanded his property. The four then battered the victim, took his Gucci belt, debit card, and $7 cash, according to prosecutors. A CTA surveillance camera captured images of Sawyer, Lindsey, and the other two suspects as they headed toward a train after the robbery, according to police. The victim was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Detectives are continuing to investigate two similar robberies in the pedestrian tunnels that were reported on January 30 and February 14.

This weekend, Judge John Lyke set Lindsey’s bail at $40,000. Lyke ordered him to go on electronic monitoring if he posts the 10% bond of $4,000.

Sawyer today was held on a $75,000 deposit bond by order of Judge David Navarro. Separately, he is being held without bail on a violation of probation charge.

Boystown Robbery

Just days before he allegedly mugged the 17-year-old downtown this month, Sawyer pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated battery in connection with a mugging on the corner of Roscoe and Halsted in April 2017.

Sawyer was accused of repeatedly punching the 22-year-old victim and taking the man’s wallet along with other valuables on the Boystown bar strip.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Judge Timothy Chambers sentenced Sawyer to a cakewalk sentence of 24 months probation and time served of 301 days. You may remember our February 4 story about the plea deal.

Editors note: This story has been updated to include bail information for Sawyer and to correct bond information for Lindsey.

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