A 17-year-old boy attacked, robbed, and threatened to shoot a Chicago firefighter at a South Side firehouse because the fireman refused to cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet, according to Chicago police and a source.
The incredible incident happened in West Pullman at 1024 West 119th Street, a Chicago Fire Department station that is home base for Engine 115, Engine 75, and Tower 24.
The 17-year-old walked into the firehouse just after 10 a.m. Monday and asked a firefighter to help him remove his ankle monitor, a CPD spokesperson said. As you might expect, the firefighter refused to cut off the ankle band.
That’s when the boy grabbed and threatened the fireman, the CPD spokesperson said. According to a source, he also demanded the keys to one of the vehicles in the firehouse parking lot while implying that he had a gun.
The CPD spokesperson said the boy fled the scene, but police radio transmissions suggested that the fireman had the teen pinned to the ground at one point.
Cops took the teen into custody. He is charged with aggravated robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm and aggravated assault of a firefighter, according to CPD. Both charges are felonies.
Information about why the teen was on electronic monitoring was not available.