Three charged with mugging Boystown bar patron, then mugging another person as they fled toward Red Line

Left to right: Herbert Sanderfer, Alvin Thomas, and Dijon Williams | File; Chicago Police Dept

Three men robbed a Boystown bar-goer early Friday and then stopped to mug a second victim as they ran to make their escape at the Belmont Red Line station, according to a witness and police. Town Hall District police officers were waiting for the trio as they approached the CTA stop minutes later.

Herbert Sanderfer, 19, along with 18-year-old Alvin Thomas and 22-year-old Dijon Williams were arrested in the 900 block of Belmont at 3:06 a.m.

Just before 3 o’clock, the three men beat and robbed an intoxicated Boystown bar patron of his wallet and phone as he walked near Fitness Formula Club in the 3200 block of North Halsted Street, according to a witness. Police later found some of the victim’s wallet contents in a nearby driveway.

Witnesses called 911 and responding officers were waved down by a second robbery victim who had been attacked by three men on Belmont just west of Clark Street, according to a police officer.

Other cops soon detained Sanderfer, Thomas, and Williams about a block away near the intersection of Belmont and Wilton.

Each man is charged with two counts of felony robbery. Sanderfer faces an additional count of possessing a controlled substance. The three were due in bond court on Saturday afternoon.

This case is the eighth arrest in Chicago for Sanderfer since he turned 18 less than two years ago.

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