7-time felon gets 8 years for trying to rob a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint in the Loop

CHICAGO — A seven-time convicted felony has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to rob a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint as she did her homework at a downtown Chicago coffeeshop.

Jonathan Davis, 35, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery before Judge Charles Burns on Monday, according to court records. Burns handed him a concurrent two-year sentence for a criminal damage case that he was on bail for at the time of the robbery attempt.

Jonathan Davis and the Starbucks at 131 South State | Chicago Police Department; Google

The girl, waiting for her ballet class to start nearby, was doing homework inside Starbucks, 131 South State, when one of her AirPods fell to the floor on November 1, 2022, officials said.

As she searched for the AirPod, she looked up to discover Davis standing in front of her with a knife.

“Gimme all your sh*t,” Davis allegedly told her. “I’m taking all your sh*t.”

Coffeeshop employees shouted at Davis, and the girl ran from the store. Two women saw her appearing distraught on the sidewalk and flagged down a passing Chicago police officer. They arrested Davis nearby and recovered a knife from his possession, prosecutors said.

His seven previous felony convictions include criminal damage to government property in 2022, attempted armed robbery in 2017, three cases of aggravated battery in 2015, and drug possession in 2012 and 2008. According to CPD records, the armed robbery attempt in 2017 occurred at the Harrison Red Line platform and involved a knife.

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