Man, 2 juveniles charged with trying to rob concealed carry holder who opened fire on them

Chicago — New details emerged Wednesday about an attempted robbery that ended with a concealed carry holder shooting three assailants in Chicago on Monday. The information came as prosecutors detailed allegations against an 18-year-old man accused of participating in the robbery with three juveniles.

Jeremiah Brown | Cook County sheriff’s office

Officials said a 56-year-old man was smoking a cigarette in his truck with the window down when a dark sedan pulled up next to him in the 4700 block of West Arthington around 5:53 a.m. Monday.

Jeremiah Brown and a 15-year-old boy got out of the sedan, while two 16-year-old boys remained in the car, Assistant State’s Attorney LeRoy Martin III said.

Brown pulled out a 45-caliber handgun with an extended ammunition magazine and pointed it at the man’s head while asking for his property, Martin continued.

But the concealed carry holder had another idea. He “immediately” tried to take Brown’s gun by grabbing the extended magazine and then fought with Brown for control of the weapon, Martin said. When Brown asked the 15-year-old for help, the concealed carry holder removed his own firearm from its holster and fired three rounds.

Brown and the 15-year-old were each shot in their shoulders. A 16-year-old in the getaway car’s driver’s seat was shot in the temple and is critically wounded.

Martin said Brown let go of the gun after getting shot. He and the 16-year-old fled the scene, flagged down a Chicago police unit nearby, and tried to convince the officers that they had been shot by someone who was trying to rob them, said Martin.

Meanwhile, the getaway car with the badly injured driver sped away from the scene and crashed into a fence, breaking the 16-year-old passenger’s leg.

Chicago police officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert at the robbery scene, located the concealed carry holder, and recovered Brown’s firearm.

Martin did not say if Brown had any criminal background.

Prosecutors charged him, the 15-year-old, and the 16-year-old getaway car passenger with attempted robbery. The driver, who remains hospitalized, has not been charged.

Brown was also hospitalized at the time of his bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon, but he was subsequently released. He is jailed in lieu of $1 million on the orders of Judge Maryam Ahmad. The judge said Brown must go on electronic monitoring if he can post 10% of his bail amount.

Chicago police initially said that only two would-be robbers had been shot.

The car the robbers emerged from was used in a series of armed robberies in Wicker Park and neighboring areas shortly before Brown and the others were shot. A source said none of the victims in the earlier robberies were able to identify Brown or the juveniles as the people who robbed them. No charges have been filed in the Wicker Park area holdups.

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