Paroled murderer tried rob O’Hare hotel, prosecutors say

Michael Lebo | CPD

A convicted murderer who was released on parole less than two months ago is back in custody after he allegedly tried to rob the Hilton O’Hare Hotel.

Michael Lebo walked up to the hotel’s front desk around 9 p.m. Monday and ordered the desk clerk to hand over all of her money, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Cromydas said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

The clerk said Lebo held his hand inside his coat as if he had a gun and threatened her life if she didn’t give him cash, Cromydas said. But the desk agent didn’t have any money and Lebo began to walk away.

Hotel security reportedly detained Lebo after the desk clerk activated a silent alarm.

Prosecutors charged Lebo with attempted aggravated robbery. Judge Mary Marubio set bail at $100,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he is released.

But he likely won’t be going anywhere other than back to prison. The Illinois Department of Corrections asked Cook County authorities to hold Lebo without bail as they prepare to revoke his parole, according to statements made in court.

Lebo received a 60-year prison sentence for murder and another seven years for robbery in 1989, according to state records. But he was released on March 11 after serving slightly more than half of that time.

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