Lincoln Park girls remember robber’s license plate number, leading to arrest

Darius Thurmond is charged with robbing a group of girls in Lincoln Park on June 26th. 

A West Side man who has been charged with robbing three girls at gunpoint in Lincoln Park last month can thank the victims’ good memories for his recent arrest.

Police said Darius Thurmond, 18, of North Lawndale got out of a red car and approached the girls in the 2300 block of North Geneva Terrace just after midnight on June 26th. He pulled out a gun, demanded the girls’ property, and fled with three iPhones and two purses, according to prosecutors.

The girls, ages 17 and 16, got a good look at the getaway car’s license plate number and gave it to cops. After tracking down the owner, investigators eventually found their way to Thurmond.

On Monday, nearly a month after the hold-up, Thurmond was taken into custody. He is charged with two felony counts of armed robbery-firearm. Thurmond was due in bond court on Tuesday.

Leonard Johnson is charged with robbing a man on the Grand Red Line platform.

Police have made an arrest in the May 29th robbery of a 27-year-old man at the Grand Red Line station. Leonard Johnson, 19, was taken into custody last week at a West Ridge halfway house where he had been living since being released from prison, according to Chicago police.

Leonard Johnson, 19, was identified via CTA surveillance footage and a photo array as the “primary aggressor” in a group that surrounded the victim on the subway platform, demanded his wallet and then tried to withdraw money from an ATM in the station, according to prosecutors.

Johnson is charged with one count of felony robbery. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $20,000.

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