CHICAGO — A South Side man robbed and placed a knife to the throats of two people in River North yesterday, then got arrested by Chicago police when he returned to his hideout after the second holdup, officials said.
At about 4:45 p.m., a 27-year-old victim told police that an assailant approached him from behind and put a knife to his throat in the 300 block of North LaSalle. The robber demanded the man’s property and got away with a phone, wallet, and backpack containing a laptop and Canada Goose jacket.
Cops tracked the victim’s phone and quickly located the proceeds behind a Chicago Fire Department station at Dearborn and Hubbard, but the robber wasn’t there.
Shortly after the officers found the first victim’s property, a 32-year-old man called 911 after someone put a knife to his neck and robbed him while threatening to slice his neck, according to a CPD report. That happened in the first block of East Grand, not far from the firehouse.
Cops staked out the area where they found the first victim’s property, just in case the robber returned there after the second holdup. They detained 20-year-old Jerry Mufid moments later when he arrived behind the fire station, matching the robber’s description.
Police say both victims identified him as the offender. An arrest report said he also had a knife, prosecutors said, along with an ID card and credit cards belonging to one of the victims.
Judge Barbara Dawkins detained Mufid as a public safety threat.
Mufid had been on pretrial release in a separate case at the time of the robberies. That case, filed against “Jerry Mufarreh,” accuses him of identity theft and theft of lost or mislaid property for allegedly using another man’s credit card to make purchases at an outlet mall in Rosemont.