Sashay away: Chicago man robbed driver at gunpoint, tried to evade cops by dressing as a woman

Bennie Gates (DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office)

A Chicago man who accepted a ride to the suburbs from a man at the Greyhound bus station robbed the driver when they arrived at their destination and then tried to evade police by disguising himself as a woman, officials say.

Bennie Gates, 19, of the 6100 block of South Loomis, was detained by DuPage County Judge Jeffrey MacKay at the state’s request.

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday, Elmhurst police were flagged down at an apartment complex by a man who told them that he had just been robbed at gunpoint, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a press release.

The victim explained that he offered to give Gates a ride from the Greyhound station, 630 West Harrison, to the apartment complex in exchange for $40, Berlin said. When they arrived, Gates exited the car and approached the driver’s door.

“You didn’t know I had a gun, did you?” Gates allegedly asked while pulling a firearm from his waistband.

Gates forced the driver to return his $40 and walked away, Berlin’s press release said.

Elmhurst police identified an apartment where they believed Gates was staying, and they put the unit under surveillance, according to Berlin. As the cops watched, an Uber pulled up, and “what appeared to be a female in a bomber jacket with long hair and a beanie” exited the apartment and got into the Uber, Berlin’s statement said.

Elmhurst officers pulled the Uber over and realized that the passenger was really a man wearing a wig. The passenger ran away and bolted across six lanes of traffic, Berlin explained. Police arrested Gates in a garage after searching with a helicopter, dogs, and drones.

“Mr. Gates’ attempt to disguise himself as a woman did not fool anyone,” Berlin said. He praised Elmhurst’s investigators and thanked several law enforcement agencies that assisted with the search, including CPD’s helicopter unit.

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