Robbers body-slammed 58-year-old man after following him from North Side restaurant: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Two robbers body-slammed a 58-year-old robbery victim before rifling his pockets and trying to escape via the CTA Brown Line, according to prosecutors. Officials said one of the robbers is on parole, and the other was released from custody just two days earlier after being arrested for shoplifting at Macy’s.

Kobe Lee, 20, and Felix Lopez, 18, were detained during separate court hearings on Wednesday afternoon.

Lee and Lopez allegedly followed the 58-year-old victim out of an Albany Park restaurant around 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day. When they reached the 4800 block of North Troy, they picked the victim up and slammed him to the ground, causing his head to hit the concrete, prosecutors said in detention petitions.

They allegedly went through the man’s pockets and took his valuables. When he tried to push them away, they repeatedly punched him in the face and head and then walked away, leaving him on the ground, according to the prosecutors.

A witness followed them and called 911 with descriptions of the robbers, including one who was wearing a Scooby Doo jacket, officials said.

Kobe Lee (left) and Felix Lopez | Chicago Police Department

Chicago police officers found Lee and Lopez on the Kedzie Brown Line platform about 40 minutes after the robbery, prosecutors said. Lee was wearing a Scooby Doo jacket, and Lopez matched the second robber’s description, according to their arrest reports. The victim identified them as the attackers.

Prosecutors said the officers found Lopez in possession of cocaine worth $7,872.

Court records show Judge Susana Ortiz detained Lopez and Judge Barbara Dawkins detained Lee.

Lopez was charged with misdemeanor retail after security accused him of shoplifting from Macy’s on State Street on December 30. Ortiz cited the fact that he had been on pretrial release for just two days as one of the reasons she detained him.

Lee was paroled in July after serving half of a three-year sentence he received for possessing a stolen motor vehicle. He was also accused of robbery in that case, but prosecutors dropped the charge in a plea deal, court records show.

Both men are charged with robbery and aggravated battery in a public place. Lopez is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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