Andersonville: Man who robbed teen girl tells cops the victim is “lucky” they came

Daniel Espejo | Cook County Sheriff

A West Ridge man is charged with trying to rob a 17-year-old girl in the Andersonville neighborhood. Almost as scary as what he is accused of doing is what he allegedly told police after they arrested him.

Prosecutors said 36-year-old Daniel Espejo approached the girl and asked for the time shortly before 10 p.m. on October 2nd in the 1400 block of West Foster. He then suddenly grabbed the girl’s purse and the two wrestled for control of the bag for nearly a minute before a pedestrian intervened and told the girl to take shelter inside a nearby business, police said.

Responding police officers arrested Espejo nearby based on a description provided by the victim.

At the police station, Espejo told officers, “the b*tch is lucky you pigs came because I would’ve raped that little b*tch,” according to court records. He is a self-admitted member of the Latin Kings street gang, according to police.

Prosecutors charged Espejo with attempted robbery. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail.

Blue Line robbery fail

Eric Chester Jr. | CPD

CTA riders pitched in to hold a would-be robbery offender for cops on the Blue Line, police said.

A 26-year-old suburban man was riding the train northbound on the evening of Oct. 4th when 28-year-old Eric Chester Jr. of Calumet City sat down next to him and tried to strike up a conversation, police said. The man ignored Chester who stood up and began to exit at the Division Street station. As he headed for the door, Chester grabbed the man’s phone, but a struggle broke out and Chester eventually punched the man in the face in an attempt to get control of the phone, prosecutors said. The attempt failed as other passengers on the train intervened and pinned Chester until police arrived, according to a police report.

Prosecutors charged Chester with felony attempted robbery and felony aggravated battery in a public place. Judge John Lyke ordered him held without bail.

In March, Chester was sentenced to 60 days in jail for punching a CTA driver in the face as she sat behind the wheel of a bus on the South Side.
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