2 armed robbers got into a shoot-out with a security guard, then returned and got shot at by a concealed carry holder, Chicago police say

Damarco Williams, left, and Devin Alexander (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say two Chicago men robbed a construction crew, exchanged gunfire with an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at the scene, fled, then returned to fire another shot, only to have one of the victims pull out a gun and open fire on them, too. No injuries were reported.

And, according to court records, one of the men was eyed as a suspect in a series of robberies last fall but ended up being charged only with a misdemeanor. He’s also on “first-time weapon offender probation” for a 2022 gun case.

The robbery occurred on March 1 in the 11500 block of South State. Two gunmen got out of a stolen Kia and robbed four construction workers at gunpoint, taking phones and wallets, according to a Chicago police report.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security intervened in the robbery and exchanged shots with both robbers, the report said. The offenders then fled the scene.

But they came back moments later and fired at least one shot into the air, prosecutors said. That motivated one of the victims, a concealed carry holder, to pull out his gun and shoot at them as they ran away.

Cops arrested Williams and Alexander as they tried to leave the area in an Uber, according to the CPD report. 

Both men are charged with attempted murder, four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and aggravated assault by discharging a firearm. Judge Maryam Ahmad detained them as threats to public safety.

Williams has been on first-time weapon offender probation in a gun case since September 2022, according to court records. The program will wipe the gun charge from his record if he completes the probation successfully.

Last September, almost exactly a year after going on probation, Williams was arrested in another case. Acting on information that two robbery suspects ran into an apartment building from an abandoned stolen car, cops found Williams “pretending to be asleep” inside an apartment that had a broken door, a CPD report said. 

The officers said they found a gun on a bookshelf, a large amount of cash on a dresser, and another man suspected of being involved in ten robberies. Williams also had a check made out to a Hispanic man who had been targeted in an armed robbery the day before, CPD’s report said.

Prosecutors only charged him with misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property. Judge Barbara Dawkins released him to await trial the next day.

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