Court report: Man gets two 10-year prison terms for robbing Loop store and beating victim for a coat

Clarence Britten and Saks surveillance images. | Provided; CPD

Some robbery cases that you may have read about on CWBChicago have recently wrapped up in court. Here are their outcomes:

Ten years for beating, robbing man of coat

A man been sentenced to a pair of concurrent ten-year prison sentences for robbing a Loop department store last year and then beating a 61-year-old man for a coat three days later.

Around 6:20 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2018, 21-year-old Clarence Britten approached a 61-year-old man near State and Jackson, punched the man in the face and mouth, implied that he had a handgun, and then took the victim’s jacket, phone, hat, and gloves, prosecutors said. It was about 30 degrees at the time.

Three days earlier, Britten was captured by surveillance cameras at Saks Off Fifth, 6 South State Street, as he brandished a black revolver to ward off two security guards who tried to stop him from stealing sunglasses, according to allegations in court records.

At the time of the alleged Saks robbery, Britten was on probation for a gun-related incident at a Loop Chick-fil-A.  Police said surveillance video showed Britten enter the restaurant with a leather bag containing two handguns. At some point, he took one of the guns out, placed it in his waistband, and said “I’m going to hurt somebody outside,” according to prosecutors.

Britten repeatedly yelled, “I’m BD! I’m BD,” a reference to the Black Disciples street gang, his arrest report said. Less than three weeks later, Britten pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon and received a sentence of 18 months probation from Judge Erica Reddick.

Judge Nicholas Ford oversaw Britten’s two robbery cases and approved the plea deal. In exchange for Britten’s plea, prosecutors dropped six other felony counts. Britten is scheduled to be released from prison on Jan. 5, 2030.

Rashawn Duniver (inset) and surveillance images of the robbery suspects. | CPD

Probation for robberies near Mag Mile

A South Side man has been given two-years probation for his role in a pair of violent robberies near the Magnificent Mile.

On Oct. 12, 2017, then-18-year-old Rashawn Duniver and at least two others attacked a 22-year-old Northwestern law student in the 700 block of North Fairbanks around 8 p.m., prosecutors said. Duniver allegedly punched the victim in the face, knocked him to the ground, and continued to beat him until the man gave up his phone password and laptop. A juvenile female was also arrested in connection with the mugging.

Prosecutors said Duniver and unidentified co-offenders carried out a similar robbery in the 800 block of North Dearborn four days before the student was robbed. In that case, a 25-year-old man was beaten until the victim provided his phone password, according to prosecutors.

Duniver turned himself in to police after surveillance images of the Northwestern suspects were made public.

In exchange for pleading guilty to robbery, prosecutors dropped aggravated battery and unlawful restraint charges against Duniver.

Edwin (L) and Marquise Doyle | CPD

Twins get probation for Loop mugging

Twin brothers Edwin and Marquise Doyle, 19, have each pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with a mugging in the Loop last year. Judge Maura Slattery Boyle sentenced each man to 18 months probation and ordered each to pay a $609 fine.

Prosecutors said the Doyles approached a man in the 200 block of West Madison and announced a robbery around 9:30 p.m on March 27, 2018. The victim claimed that they threatened to “stick” him during the hold-up as they took his property.

The Doyles were stopped in the 100 block of West Madison minutes after the robbery by officers who said the brothers matched a description of the offenders that had been broadcast on police radio. The victim then identified the brothers as the men who robbed him.

In exchange for their guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped two additional felonies against each brother.
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