Boystown: Monday Morning Mugging Ends With Arrest

Sanders (inset) allegedly robbed the 67-year-old outside of United Methodist Church. | Google; CPD

A man was robbed of his grocery bag as he walked along Broadway in Boystown Monday morning, but police caught up with the alleged offender nearby and made an arrest.

Rodney Sanders, 35, approached a 67-year-old man in the 3300 block of North Broadway around 9:45 a.m. and pretended to be interested in shaking the man’s hand. But when the man tried to walk around, Sanders wrestled away his shopping bag and started running eastbound on Aldine, according to police.

When the victim yelled that he was going to call the police, Sanders allegedly replied, “Oh you going to be a bitch and call the police?”

Indeed, he was.

Cops, aided by a member of a local street-cleaning crew, tracked Sanders down on Inner Lake Shore Drive and took him into custody, according to the police report.

Sanders, who police say is a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, is charged with robbery. Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $70,000 with electronic monitoring.


•  A 40-year-old with a mullet is wanted for pick-pocketing a customer at Sidetrack, a bar at 3349 North Halsted in Boystown, early Wednesday. The suspect, who introduced himself as “Danny” to his victim slipped away with about $80 and was last seen running eastbound on Roscoe from Halsted moments after midnight. “Danny” is described as a 40-ish Hispanic man with a mullet who stands 5’7” tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket and blue jeans.

• Three teenagers implied that they had a handgun to rob a man onboard the Red Line as it approached the Lawrence station at 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The offenders collected $800 and are believed to have exited the train at Thorndale. Police said the three are black males between 15- and 18-years-old. One was wearing a red jacket and the other two wore dark clothing.

• A Lincoln Square man was robbed by an offender who displayed a weapon near the Western Brown Line station on Thursday evening. The victim said the robber was male, black, 25-years-old and about 6-feet tall. He was wearing a bright red hoodie and cut-up blue jeans.

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