One of two men who allegedly attacked and robbed a woman after meeting her at a Lakeview bar’s sidewalk cafe last summer has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Germaine Hampton, 27, and 31-year-old Devin White allegedly chatted the woman up as she dined outdoors on July 11. After a friendly conversation, the woman exchanged numbers with the men and agreed to meet later, prosecutors alleged.
Little did the woman know that both Hampton and White have histories of committing robberies in the area.
When the 23-year-old woman got together with Hampton and White later that day, they went to a Lakeview park where they had some drinks and smoked pot, prosecutors said.
The woman grew uneasy and told the men she was going to go home, but White put his arm around her and led her into an alley on the 3000 block of North Kenmore where Hampton pushed her against a wall, fought for control of her purse, and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give it up, prosecutors alleged. Hampton then took $160 from the woman’s purse and told her that he was going to make her go to a nearby ATM to withdraw more money because she fought with him, according to prosecutors.
Hampton allegedly started leading the woman to a bank on the 3000 block of North Clark and threatened to shoot her if she said anything. Along the way, the woman lowered her COVID mask and mouthed the words “help me, call police” to a passerby. The passerby immediately called 911.
Meanwhile, the victim ran away and Hampton chased her while threatening to shoot her if she didn’t stop, prosecutors said. He caught up with her and forced her to continue to the bank, where he ordered her to withdraw $1,500, prosecutors said.
Cops rolled up to the bank as the woman was withdrawing cash, according to a CPD report. Hampton reportedly ran to a nearby Walgreens parking lot and hid under a car. He was arrested there. Police arrested White at the bank.
White was on probation at the time for robbing the same Walgreens where Hampton tried to hide. He remains jailed awaiting trial on allegations that he helped Hampton rob the woman.
But Hampton struck a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, and prosecutors agreed to drop two additional aggravated robbery charges as well as kidnapping and unlawful restraint counts. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer sentenced him to five years in prison and gave him credit for the 236 days he spent in jail before pleading.
At the time of the robbery, Hampton was on bond for retail theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and trespassing. He has previous convictions for unlawful use of a weapon and burglary. He also came very close to being charged with robbing a man at the Belmont Red Line station during the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade.
In that case, several witnesses confirmed they saw him rob a man near the packed train station. Cops who chased him down had to taze him to get him under control, police said. But the victim decided not to pursue charges after police returned his stolen jewelry from Hampton’s possession, according to a CPD report.
Ironically, Hampton’s 2017 arrest took place on the 3100 block of North Kenmore — less than a block from the alley where he and White fought the woman last July for control of her purse.