West Loop: Charges filed in shooting, robbery that yielded $65,000 in cash and jewelry

Luis Melendez was arrested nearly 13 months after the robbery at 1400 West Carroll. | CPD; Google

In August 2017, a 27-year-old man was shot in the West Loop during a robbery that yielded the offenders $50,000 worth of jewelry and $15,000 cash. Now, over a year later, charges have been filed in the case. Luis Melendez, 20, of Humboldt Park was identified by the victim in a photo array, police said.

Around 9:30 p.m. on August 3, 2017, the victim and two other men were walking in the 1400 block of West Carroll when Melendez and another offender allegedly approached and announced a robbery. The victim tried to run away but was shot in his left arm and left thigh by Melendez, according to prosecutors and police.

After shooting the man, Melendez took the victim’s jewelry and cash and then fled with his accomplice, according to prosecutors. The victim later recovered from his injuries.

Melendez was arrested August 31st at an Irving Park restaurant. He is charged with Class X felony aggravated battery-discharging firearm; Class X felony armed robbery-discharging firearm; and felony attempted armed robbery-discharging firearm.

Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $100,000. Melendez went free awaiting trial by posting a 10% deposit bond of $10,000.

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