15-time convicted felon charged with robbery (again)

Dewitt Brown | CPD

A fifteen-time convicted felon who’s on parole is now charged with mugging a man in Rogers Park less than 100 yards from the location where he robbed another man in 2016.

Prosecutors said a police sergeant was on patrol in the 1700 block of West Greenleaf at 10:30 p.m. on October 27th when he saw two men having a dispute. That’s when the sergeant saw 49-year-old career felon Dewitt Brown begin to take valuables from the other man’s pockets.

When the sergeant intervened in the robbery, Brown allegedly said: “I ain’t going down like this!” Brown then turned around, ran a few steps, collided with a wall and fell to the ground, the sergeant reported. As Brown was lying on the ground, he began to take items out of his jacket pocket, including a pay stub, a Ventra card, and an LG phone, all of which belonged to the 50-year-old robbery victim, police said.

Prosecutors charged Brown with felony robbery and Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $10,000.

State records show that Brown was paroled in March after serving half of a three-year sentence that he received for unlawful restraint in connection with the September 2016 robbery of a man in the 7000 block of North Ravenswood, just steps from the scene of the latest alleged robbery.

According to state records, Brown’s prison sentences so far include:

• Three years for unlawful restraint in 2016
• Two years for theft in 2015
• Three years for theft in 2012
• Eight years for aggravated robbery in 2007
• Two years for retail theft in 2006
• 30 months for retail theft in 2004
• Three years for retail theft in 2003
• Two years for theft from person in 2002
• One year for retail theft in 2002
• Six years for narcotics in 1997
• Two years for manufacture-delivery of look-alike drugs in 1996
• Six years for robbery in 1993
• Four years for narcotics in 1992
• Another four years for narcotics in 1992
• Yet *another* four years for narcotics in 1992

The state’s Department of Corrections has not filed to revoke Brown’s parole.

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