CHICAGO — The man Chicago police say robbed another man in Humboldt Park was released on electronic monitoring after prosecutors didn’t ask a judge to hold him in jail during a detention hearing, according to court records.
Seyvon Woodring, 22, and a 16-year-old boy are each charged with aggravated robbery.
Chicago cops initially responded to an assault in progress around 11 p.m. last Thursday. But they didn’t see anyone at the location they were dispatched to, so they spoke with the alleged victim by phone. The 79-year-old man told the officers he fought off three offenders who attacked him from behind by grabbing his arms and hanging onto his back, a CPD report said. And, he reported, the three men were standing at a gas station in the 3500 block of West North Avenue.
The police went to the service station and detained the three people he described. While investigating, officers learned about a robbery that occurred minutes earlier in the 1400 block of North St. Louis. The description of the robbers matched the three people they had detained, the police report said.
Officers brought the 19-year-old robbery victim to the gas station, and he identified Woodring and the 16-year-old as the robbers, according to the report.
He told the police that the pair confronted him as he was walking.
“Don’t run. Don’t scream. I got a blick,” Woodring allegedly told the man while holding his hand under his sweatshirt as if he had a firearm.
The 16-year-old went through the victim’s pockets and took his keys, lighter, matches, about $60, and a phone, the CPD report said.
According to the victim, the robbers returned his phone after learning he did not have CashApp.
Police said they found the victim’s keys in Woodring’s sweatshirt pocket and $58.25 in cash stuffed in his waistband and crotch.
Prosecutors did not ask Judge Charles Beach to hold Woodring in jail as either a safety threat or a flight risk, the two bases for which someone might be detained under Illinois’ newly enacted cashless bail program.
So, Beach released Woodring on electronic monitoring and ordered him to avoid contact with the victim.