Gunman fired shots while trying to carjack victim during Facebook Marketplace ruse, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — After Chicago police found an unloaded handgun in Damarreyah Muldrow’s waistband in September 2019, officials took his case to “restorative justice court,” an alternative program where Cook County claims to resolve criminal matters through peace circles and “repairing harm.”

Judge Patricia Spratt dismissed his felony gun charge in July 2021, noting that “all goals” of the program had been met.

Muldrow, 22, won’t be sitting in a peace circle to fix his latest problem.

Prosecutors say he used Facebook Marketplace to lure people into a West Side alley where he robbed one at gunpoint and fired shots at another while attempting a carjacking. He is now being detained as a public safety threat while awaiting trial for attempted murder.

Chicago police warned the public last month about a string of armed robberies on the West Side in which victims looking to buy a phone via Facebook Marketplace got robbed when they showed up to complete their transactions.

The warning listed five robberies between November 25 and December 10: two in the 5400 block of West Washington and three in the 3700 block of West Arthington. Muldrow is charged with the Washington cases.

Damarreyah Muldrow | Chicago Police Department

In the first robbery, a 47-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint around 12:28 p.m. on November 25. Muldrow pointed a gun at her when she arrived and took her phone along with $660 cash, according to the allegations.

Then, around 3:30 p.m. on December 10, a 34-year-old man went to the same address to complete to complete a sale.

Muldrow “forcibly entered” the man’s Acura RLX, took the victim’s property, and tried to carjack him, prosecutors said in a detention petition. The victim fought back.

Prosecutors said Muldrow fired at least three shots during a struggle with the victim. He eventually fled on foot, but he left a phone at the crime scene, officials said.

Chicago police detectives gathered information from the phone that connected him to both robberies, the petition said.

Judge Maryam Ahmad approved the detention request.

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Muldrow is charged with attempted vehicular hijacking with a firearm, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Muldrow was the second person in a week charged with robbing people during Facebook Marketplace meet-ups.

George Miller, 24, lured a 52-year-old man into a robbery by offering a PS5 for $400 on the social media site, prosecutors said. After the victim handed over $400, Miller allegedly gave him a PS5 box that contained books while displaying a firearm.

“You know what time it is,” Miller allegedly told the man as he took the cash. Miller allegedly boasted about robbing women in a similar ruse “all week,” according to allegations made in court records.

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