Boy, 15, robbed Lakeview woman with stolen gun, police say

Police said a 15-year-old boy attacked and robbed a woman with a stolen firearm in Lakeview on Monday evening. But the woman’s screams for help alerted neighbors who called 911, drawing a quick response from police who arrested the offender nearby.

The teenager pushed a 24-year-old woman to the ground on the 1000 block of West George at 9:34 p.m. and demanded her phone, CPD spokesperson Karie James said. He also pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the woman, James said. But he ran away without getting anything from the victim, according to James.

Police found the teenager, who allegedly matched descriptions provided by witnesses, in a nearby alley. Police recovered a stolen handgun from him and found a discarded ski mask in the area, according to a CPD report.

The boy is charged with felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawful possession of a handgun. No further information was available about the teen because he is a juvenile.

Other Lakeview robberies

Monday’s hold-up was the latest in a series of recent robberies in Lakeview:

  • At 2:38 a.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by an offender who approached him as he walked in an alley behind the 3700 block of North Kenmore, Officer Steve Rusanov said. A woman who was with the man reportedly hid near a garbage can and called 911 as the robbery unfolded, but police were unable to find the offenders.
  • Another woman was reportedly robbed of her purse by a man who approached her inside a residential building on the 400 block of West Aldine around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Police arrested a suspect at the Addison Red Line station and charges were still pending as of Monday night. CWBChicago will post an update after a charging decision is made.

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