Man robbed Loop store less than a month after being charged with robbery as a juvenile, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — It’s been a busy spring for Treyvon Brown. He was charged with robbery in juvenile court on March 29. Then he celebrated his 18th birthday. And this week, he was charged with robbing a store in the Loop as an adult.

Brown was part of a large group that swarmed the Americana Submarine and Tobacco Shop, 400 South Clark, around 5:20 a.m. on April 20. When the clerk went to grab an item that a member of the group expressed an interest in, the mob started running out with the store’s merchandise, Assistant State’s Attorney Victor Aberdeen said.

During the mayhem, Brown jumped behind the counter and grabbed some tobacco products while three or four accomplices pushed the employee, according to Aberdeen. He said someone in the group—but not Brown—stabbed the cashier in the head and arm, causing him to lose a lot of blood.

After the stabbing, Brown grabbed money from the register and ran out with the rest of the group, Aberdeen said. CTA video showed they all boarded the Red Line at Jackson with items taken from the store, including lottery tickets, cash, and tobacco.

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During Brown’s bail hearing, prosecutors said he was charged with robbery as a juvenile in March and had a juvenile conviction for robbery in Iowa in 2021. He was also adjudicated delinquent for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in juvenile court earlier this year, they said.

Judge William Fahy ordered him to pay a $10,000 bail deposit to get out of jail. He’s charged with armed robbery.

The Americana Submarine and Tobacco Shop was targeted in another armed robbery last September. Prosecutors have charged two men and a 12-year-old boy with that crime.

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