CHICAGO — An armed robber who fired a “machine gun” while struggling with a male victim on the Northwest Side met his match when a female bystander intervened and pinned both men to the ground until Chicago police arrived. Kamahri Blount, 19, is now detained to await trial after appearing before Judge Susana Ortiz.
Blount allegedly walked up to a 29-year-old man in front of the victim’s home in the 4100 block of West Berteau around 7:24 a.m. Sunday.
“What you got?” Blount allegedly asked as he “pointed a machine gun at him and demanded his belongings,” prosecutors said in a detention petition.
The victim handed over his phone and then lunged at Blount, prosecutors continued, and the men began to physically fight.
During the struggle, Blount “fired the machine gun,” prosecutors said. No injuries were reported, but the gunshot attracted the attention of a 25-year-old woman who was across the street. She decided to get involved.
The detention petition said she “witnessed the struggle and pinned both defendant and victim to the ground as law enforcement arrived.”
Blount struck the woman in the head with his MAC-10 during the struggle and bit the robbery victim on the hands and face, prosecutors allege. They were both treated for minor injuries at Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Prosecutors charged Blount with discharging a firearm during an armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.