Oops! Two charged with Mag Mile robbery after fleeing into CTA station flooded with cops

Update August 20, 2020: Judge Anjana Hansen threw out the charges in this case against Ellis, ruling that there was no probable cause. Prosecutors dropped charges in this case against Guadalupe.

Two men who allegedly robbed a Lyft driver on the Magnificent Mile made a critical strategic error when they tried to escape via a nearby Red Line station. Unfortunately for them, the CTA’s Chicago-State station was teeming with cops who swarmed the area to investigate a shots fired call that turned out to be fireworks.

David Ellis and Kveon Guadalupe, both 18, are now charged with felony robbery.

David Ellis (left) and Kveon Guadalupe | CPD

Prosecutors said Ellis, Guadalupe, and two females were riding in the Lyft around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. When the driver neared the intersection of Michigan and Chicago Avenues, Ellis allegedly ordered the driver to hand over all of his cash. 

After getting about $360 from the man, all four passengers fled from the car. The Lyft driver got out and yelled at them to give him his money back. At that point, Guadalupe balled up his fists as if he was ready to fight the victim, prosecutors said. The driver blasted Guadalupe with pepper-spray.

The group continued moving west and ran into the CTA station. Meanwhile, the Lyft driver came upon an officer and told him what happened. Other officers who were at the station following the fireworks incident took Guadalupe and Ellis into custody.

Prosecutors said Ellis had $900 cash in his possession when cops arrested him. He denied robbing the Lyft driver, but said he did take the man’s phone charger by mistake, an assistant state’s attorney said.

Judge David Navarro set bail for Guadalupe at $10,000. He’ll get out of jail by posting a $1,000 deposit bond.

Ellis had a few other issues to handle in court. First, Navarro set his bail on the robbery case at $50,000, which will require a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail. Navarro also ordered Ellis held without bail on a separate robbery arrest warrant and another $50,000 bail on an escape warrant.

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