Records: Alleged robber slain near Goose Island mugged another man almost exactly 3 years earlier

Adan Delgado | CPD

A West Town man who was reportedly killed after he shot his friend during a robbery attempt near Goose Island early Sunday died almost exactly three years after he robbed another man while claiming to have a gun in the same area, according to court records.

Police found Adan Delgado, 27, with multiple gunshot wounds and a handgun lying nearby in the 1200 block of West Fry around 4:30 a.m. on December 6. Another man who lives about a block away reportedly told police that his friend, Delgado, shot him in the leg during a robbery attempt moments earlier. The man, 28, said he ran away after Delgado shot him and he then heard more gunfire behind him.

Detectives are trying to sort out who shot Delgado and why.

But court records show Delgado has a history of robbery. In fact, he completed probation last month for battering and robbing a man in the same neighborhood at 5:30 a.m. on December 5, 2017.

In that case, Delgado grabbed a 55-year-old man on a West Town sidewalk and punched him in the face while an accomplice took the victim’s wallet out of his pants pocket, according to police.

“Go ahead. Show him the gun,” the accomplice allegedly said to Delgado as the robbery unfolded.

The victim said he didn’t see a gun but said the two men fled in an SUV with his wallet, which contained a $5 bill and eighteen $1 bills.

Police pulled Delgado and his accomplice over nearby and found the victim’s ID along with a $5 bill and seventeen $1 bills in their vehicle, prosecutors said.

Delgado eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm in exchange for a sentence of six months in jail and two years probation. His probation ended on November 9, according to court records.

His accomplice, 27-year-old Alexander Morales, received a four-year prison sentence for the same charge. He is currently on parole.

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