Uber driver interrupts Logan Square robbery, 17-year-old charged

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy is charged with robbing a couple in Logan Square over the weekend, Chicago police said. And the victims can thank an Uber driver for foiling the holdup attempt.

It happened around 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of West Palmer. A 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were outside when the teenager walked up and pulled a gun on them.

But an Uber driver saw the robbery going down and intervened, sending the 17-year-old running.

Chicago police searched the area and arrested the teenager about 20 minutes later in the 2900 block of West Armitage. They said they recovered a firearm, too.

Prosecutors charged the boy with two counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm.

The crime appears to be different from dozens of recent holdups in the area that Chicago police have linked to groups of armed men who travel in stolen cars. Unlike those robbers, the boy worked alone and apparently traveled on foot.

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