‘Money hungry’ man teamed up with a 12-year-old for 3 a.m. armed robbery in the Loop, prosecutors say

Two men and a 12-year-old robbed an all-night store directly across the street from the federal jail in Chicago’s Loop, then sat on nearby CTA station steps to count the money they got while security cameras recorded them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

One of the accused adults, who recently received a generous plea agreement in a gun case, allegedly told cops he did it because he was “money hungry.”

It happened around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday at Americana Submarine and Tobacco, 400 South Clark.

Jenell Moore (left) and Geeshaun Wilson | CPD; Google

That’s when Jenell Moore, 23, walked in and pointed a gun at the cashier’s head, prosecutor Rhianna Biernat said. He demanded cash, and the clerk opened the drawer, handing over his $20 and $10 bills. Biernat said that self-described “money hungry” Moore reached over to get the $5 and $1 bills, too.

During the robbery, the cashier saw two other people outside. They and Moore ran to the Lasalle Blue Line after the robbery and sat down at the station entrance as Moore counted the cash, Biernat said.

Chicago police began tracking them via the CTA’s surveillance network, first to the Harrison Red Line, then to Roosevelt, where all three were taken into custody on a train, she said.

In addition to Moore, cops arrested 21-year-old Geeshaun Wilson and a 12-year-old boy. 

Biernat said the boy had a loaded revolver in his backpack. Moore admitted to giving the boy the gun after the robbery, she alleged.

“How many years do I get for doing this?” Moore allegedly asked a cop.

“For doing what?” the cop replied.

“The armed robbery I did,” Moore clarified.

Moore is currently on probation for a misdemeanor gun case which started as a felony but got reduced during negotiations with prosecutors.

He is charged with armed robbery with a firearm. Judge Kelly McCarthy granted the state’s request to hold Moor without bail.

She set bail for Wilson, who has no criminal convictions, at $75,000. He must pay 10% of that amount to get out of jail on charges of armed robbery with a firearm, possession of ammunition, and cannabis possession.

The 12-year-old is charged with armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and city ordinance violations.

In case you’re wondering about the answer to Moore’s question, armed robbery carries a sentence of six to 30 years upon conviction. An additional 15 years is added if a person is found to have carried a firearm during the armed robbery.

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