Man robbed victim, fired shot at witness while wearing ankle monitor for a gun case: prosecutors

Larry Tubbs (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a man wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for a pending gun case fired a shot at a witness while trying to rob a victim on the West Side. The bullet did not hit anyone.

The robbery occurred around 5 p.m. on May 1 in the 100 block of North Laporte. Chicago cops saw Larry Tubbs, 19, walking in the area about 45 minutes later and decided to talk to him about the robbery.

But Tubbs ran away when they approached him, the officers said. They eventually found him in a garage. As they retraced his steps, the officers found a backpack allegedly containing a loaded firearm and a folder with “Larry Tubbs” written on it. The gun was reported stolen in the Loop two days before the robbery, according to CPD records.

“I ain’t gonna lie,” Tubbs allegedly told the officers. “I just found that.”

When the cops asked Tubbs if he had a Firearm Owner’s ID card or a concealed carry license, he allegedly replied, “What’s that?”

Police said the robbery victim, a 42-year-old man, identified Tubbs as the man who ordered him to “Give me your money! Give me your money!” before firing a shot at a witness. Officials said the crime was caught on video.

Tubbs was wearing an ankle monitor to track his whereabouts because he was supposed to be observing a nighttime curfew for a pending felony gun case, according to court records. 

Judge Ankur Srivastava’s detention order, which will keep Tubbs in jail on the robbery charge, notes that Tubbs had violated his curfew 17 times between February 26 and March 25. Tubbs was adjudicated delinquent for carjacking two times as a juvenile, the judge’s order said.

Tubbs is charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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