|Darrien Lampkin was arrested inside The Crib youth shelter. | Google: CPD|
A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for battering a police officer who responded to a call of a man with a gun inside The Crib youth shelter near Boystown two years ago.
Darrien Lampkin was on parole for robbery and aggravated battery of a peace officer when he took up residence at The Crib on the night of Feb. 7th, 2017.
Shortly after 10 p.m. that night, a Crib volunteer called 911 to report that a man had a gun inside the shelter, which operates out of the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church at 835 West Addison. The volunteer told police that she saw Lampkin waving a black object that she believed was a gun while he shouted: “I want my sh*t or I’m gonna hurt you m*ther f*ckers.”
When police arrived, Lampkin attacked a sergeant and punched another officer in the temple, prosecutors said. Lampkin then grabbed a gun from his waistband and threw it to the floor, police said.
A third officer pepper-sprayed Lampkin and took Lampkin to the ground using an emergency maneuver. Lampkin was arrested and police discovered that the gun was a non-functioning replica.
Lampkin reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery of a police officer. In exchange, prosecutors recommended a seven-year sentence and agreed to drop two additional felony counts of aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. With 741 days credit for time served awaiting trial, Lampkin is scheduled to be paroled on Aug. 6, 2020.
At the time of The Crib incident, Lampkin was on parole for beating and robbing a man about a block from the shelter and then battering a police officer who tried to stop him nearby on Aug. 17, 2013.
Lampkin was handed two five-year sentences to be served concurrently and was paroled after serving just 2-1/2 years on Sept. 16, 2016.
Last week, The Crib received support from the Wicker Park community to move out of its Lakeview location for new digs in the 1700 block of North Ashland. The shelter bills itself as a temporary home for marginalized youths experiencing homelessness.
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