Armed robbery at Lakeview GameStop foiled by elusive safe code

A knife-wielding man tried to rob a Lakeview gaming store on Wednesday afternoon, but he got away empty-handed when the clerk could not figure out the safe’s code. Charges have been filed.

Darius Todd | CPD

Police said the offender walked into a store on the 3900 block of North Broadway around 12:15 p.m., pulled out a knife, and demanded money from the cashier. A police report lists the store as GameStop, 3951 North Broadway.

The clerk reported that the assailant demanded the safe code and asked, “Do you value your life?” 

But the employee couldn’t figure out the code and the would-be robber fled empty-handed.

Police searched the area and detained 24-year-old Darius Todd of Little Village nearby. The clerk then identified Todd as the offender, police said.

Prosecutors charged Todd with one count of felony attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was due in bond court on Thursday. 

Robbery reported at Belmont & Clark

A 31-year-old man told police that two offenders struck him in the head with an object and demanded money during a robbery on the 900 block of West Belmont at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday. 

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The offenders, both men, fled in an unknown direction, police said. CPD offered no descriptions of the suspects.

An ambulance transported the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

Area North detectives are investigating.

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