|Police say they were watching as Juan Borges (inset) robbed a man in the 600 block of West Adams. | CPD; Google|
Two plainclothes Chicago cops were watching as a 60-year-old man was knocked to the ground and robbed near his West Loop home last Monday evening, according to prosecutors. Now, the alleged robber is facing felony charges.
The cops were in an unmarked car in the 600 block of West Adams around 8:30 p.m. when they saw what they believed was a fight between two men on a nearby sidewalk. One man—now identified as 42-year-old Juan Borges—pushed the older man to the ground and then ran up the middle of Adams Street, walking right past the officers’ vehicle, police said. As Borges got close to the police car, he dropped something on the street.
The officers detained Borges and spoke with the other man who reported that Borges had just knocked him to the ground and robbed him while saying, “Give it to me! I have a gun.”
The object that Borges allegedly dropped near the police car turned out to be the victim’s wallet, police said, complete with his ID, credit cards and cash. No gun was found.
Police said the victim was taken to Rush Hospital where he received stitches for a head wound and was admitted for treatment and observation.
Prosecutors charged Borges with aggravated robbery, and Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held without bail.