A Chicago man was charged Thursday with committing two robberies on the North Side in October — one in Lakeview and the other in North Center.
Prosecutors said Denard Ross, 20, robbed a woman by himself on October 13 and was one of three men who tried to rob a Wrigleyville resident six days later.
In the first case, a 26-year-old woman told police she slowed down to let a man pass her as she walked in the 1900 block of West Patterson around 1 p.m. After the man passed, he turned around, removed his COVID mask, and told her it was a robbery and not to scream or he’d shoot her, according to prosecutors.
When he held his hand in his pocket and told her to hand over her bag, the woman told the man that it only contained $75. But the robber, identified by prosecutors as Ross, told her that someone would shoot him if he came back from the robbery empty-handed.
The woman handed over her cash, and Ross fled, prosecutors said.
Six days later, Ross was one of three men who got out of a car and pushed a 40-year-old man to the ground on the 1100 block of West Grace, according to the allegations. Ross tried to take the man’s earbuds and attempted to remove things from the victim’s pockets, but the victim fought back and all three men returned to the car without any proceeds, prosecutors said.
The second robbery was recorded by a CPD surveillance camera.
Earlier this month, prosecutors charged 20-year-old Davon McCoy with taking part in the Wrigleyville robbery with Ross. Investigators began looking at Ross as a suspect because he happened to be riding in McCoy’s car when cops arrested McCoy for the robbery case, prosecutors said. Both victims allegedly identified Ross in photo line-ups.
Ross is charged with felony counts of robbery and attempted robbery. Judge Arthur Willis ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bail and said Ross must go on electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond.