Man in violent robbery crew that swept through downtown Chicago was on felony pretrial release, officials say

Tayveon Wood (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A 19-year-old man was part of a robbery crew that swept through downtown last month, officials said, as they charged him with robbing three people outside the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.

Police issued a community alert and surveillance video of the crew within hours, saying the armed men committed five separate holdups in about 30 minutes and fired shots in Streeterville during one of the crimes.

Prosecutors have now charged one man with participating in one of those robberies, a violent crime that involved three victims and left one injured outside the flagship Hyatt hotel, 151 East Wacker, around 12:44 a.m. on April 25.

Tayveon Wood, 19, and an accomplice confronted the three people with firearms and demanded their valuables, a CPD report said. The robbers struck a 28-year-old woman twice in the back of the head with a gun, according to the report. The report said they took a wallet from a 25-year-old man and a phone from another 28-year-old.

The woman suffered a cut and bruises to the back of her head. Police said she was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Wood is charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Judge William Fahy detained Wood as a safety risk.

Wood was on pretrial release for a felony gun charge at the time of the holdup. But just four days after the robbery, he pleaded guilty in the gun case and received a sentence of two years of first-time weapon offender probation, according to court records. If he completes probation successfully, the gun case would conclude without a conviction, and he could have it expunged.

In community alerts, CPD said the robbery on Wacker Drive was the fifth and final holdup committed by a crew traveling in a sedan with a passenger door with mismatched paint. Wood is only charged with robbing the victims outside the Hyatt.

Police said the spree began about 30 minutes earlier near the corner of Racine and Harrison. Two men wearing hoodies displayed guns and took the phones and other valuables from three men who were walking on the sidewalk, according to police.

That was followed by a robbery in the 700 block of South Clark. Two robbers displayed guns and demanded money from a man, police said, but a 46-year-old woman intervened. The robbers struck her in the head with a firearm and escaped in the silver sedan without getting anything from the victims.

Minutes later, around 12:30 a.m., the group was in Streeterville. Two men targeted a 66-year-old woman as she stood in the 600 block of North Fairbanks, according to Chicago police. One of the men fired shots while the other dragged the woman into the street until she let go of her property, police said.

CPD released surveillance video showing parts of that robbery and the getaway car with a distinct passenger door.

No one was shot in Streeterville, but the woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of other injuries.

Moments before the Wacker Driver robbery, robbers targeted two more victims in the 200 block of East Randolph, near Millennium Park. Once again, the men pistol-whipped one of the victims before fleeing in a gray sedan.

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