Two men who separately robbed young victims on the city’s North Side last year are heading to prison after striking plea deals with prosecutors.
Juliano Petrov, 20, pleaded guilty to robbing a 14-year-old boy at gunpoint in the 2600 block of West Farragut on August 1, 2019. Prosecutors said Petrov walked up to the boy, complimented his gold chain, and then pulled out a gun to rob the teen.
But, the boy ran away, and Petrov dashed into a nearby gangway.
When the victim met with police, he vividly recalled Petrov’s distinctive facial tattoos, according to CPD records. Cops searched the area and spotted Petrov walking out of a gangway in the 2600 block of West Foster. The boy identified him for police.
Last week, Petrov pleaded guilty to armed robbery, and Judge Aleksandra Gillespie sentenced him to seven years in prison.
Meanwhile, a Rogers Park man has been sentenced to four years for robbing a 12-year-old of his bike.
Austin Corrado was accused of pushing the boy off his bike in West Ridge and pedaling away with it on June 1, 2019. According to prosecutors ‘ allegations, Corrado remained at large for a couple of months and spent some of that time burglarizing homes.
In one case, he allegedly burglarized a Rogers Park residence of a MacBook and gaming system. On another occasion, he kicked in the front door of a West Ridge home and stole a computer, tablet, and other items, police said.
Detectives tracked Corrado down through video surveillance and records from a pawn shop where he sold some of the allegedly stolen property.
He has now pleaded guilty to robbery and two burglary counts. A judge sentenced him to concurrent four-year terms for the burglaries and a consecutive four-year sentence for robbing the 12-year-old. He’s scheduled to be paroled in January 2023.