Chicago Man Charged in 2021 Lake View East Armed Robbery

By The Chicago Times Staff

March 15, 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been charged in the 2021 robbery of a store in Lake View East.

According to Chicago police, Christopher Savage, 20, of the 700 block of E. 72nd Street, Chicago, was taken into custody on March 13, 2023, in the 200 block of S. State St and identified as the suspect who robbed a retail store in Lake View East.  It is alleged that on April 24, 2021, Savage entered a retail store in the 900 block of W. Belmont Ave and implied he had a weapon before taking proceeds and fleeing. 

Savage has been charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery.

Christopher Savage. Photo: Chicago Police.

17-Year-Old Charged in Armed Robbery in North Kenwood

By Edward LaSalle, The Chicago Times

March 14, 2023

CHICAGO – A 17-year-old male has been charged in the robbery of a female at gunpoint in the North Kenwood neighborhood.

Chicago police said the male suspect was taken into custody on Monday, at approximately 7:59 pm in the 3800 block of S. Cottage Grove Ave after being identified as one of the offenders who, minutes earlier, robbed a 16-year-old female victim at gunpoint in the 4500 block of S. Woodlawn Ave.  Police quickly located the suspect after he was discovered inside a reported stolen vehicle that had crashed into an unmarked Chicago Police Department vehicle.  

The suspect has been charged with one felony count of armed robbery and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

Chicago Police Warn Residents in Grand Crossing of Multiple Robberies

By Kwame Michaels, The Chicago Times

March 14, 2023

CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department is warning residents in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of multiple carjackings and robberies in the area.

Police said that several robbery incidents have occurred throughout February and March in which 2-5 masked offenders approach victims sitting in their vehicle.  Victim reports indicate that the suspects demand victims to exit their vehicle at gunpoint and give them their property.  It has also been reported that one of the suspects entered a victim’s vehicle and removed the victim’s belongings. 

The suspects are described as 2-5 African American males wearing ski masks.  The vehicles used in the robberies include a white or light gray pickup truck, a black vehicle, and a white SUV.

Police said the robbery incidents occurred in the following locations:

7100 block of South Eberhart Ave., on February 23, 2023, at 12:45 A.M.

7300 block of South Indiana Ave., on February 28, 2023, at 07:22 P.M.

7100 block of South Vernon Ave., on March 02, 2023, at 11:15 A.M.

600 block of East 74th St., on March 12, 2023, at 01:30 A.M.

7200 block of South Eberhart Ave., on March 12, 2023, at 01:55 A.M.

Residents with information should contact Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area One (312) 747-8384

Woman Charged with Leading Police on 120 mph High-Speed Chase

By T.C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

March 10, 2023

NAPERVILLE, IL – A Sleepy Hollow woman has been charged with leading police on a high-speed chase in Naperville on March 7.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced Thursday that Tianna Bryson, 23, of the 800 block of Hemlock Drive, Sleepy Hollow, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.  Bryson has also been charged with multiple misdemeanors and petty traffic offenses.   

According to prosecutors, on March 7, at approximately 12:27 pm, an Illinois State Trooper allegedly observed Bryson’s 2016 Volkswagen Jetta traveling 107 mph in a 60-mph zone westbound on I-88 in Naperville.  In performing a traffic stop, it is alleged that Bryson fled the scene at a high rate of speed as the trooper walked toward her vehicle.  As the trooper pursued Bryson, it is alleged that she reached speeds of 120 mph and placed other drivers in danger by weaving in and out of traffic.  For safety reasons, the trooper terminated the chase.  Through further investigation, Bryson was identified as the driver of the vehicle.  Bryson turn herself in to authorities later that evening.

“The surge in recent months of motorists fleeing from police is of great concern as this type of behavior is extremely dangerous and poses a threat not only to the driver, but also puts the police officers involved and motoring public at great risk.  Thankfully, no innocent motorists or bystanders were injured or worse as a result of Ms. Bryson’s alleged actions. The message is simple, if you hear sirens and see flashing lights behind you, pull over. Leading police on a high-speed chase is not the answer and will only make matters worse.” Berlin said in a statement.

A $25,000 bond has been set for Bryson.

Chicago Man Charged with Beating Transit Employee

By J.J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

March 10, 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been charged in the beating of a CTA employee on Wednesday in the East Garfield neighborhood.

According to Chicago police, on March 8, between 1:00-1:15 am, Curtis Washington, 37, of the 5100 block of W. Washington Blvd, battered a 40-year-old male transit employee and caused damage to the attendant booth on the train platform in the 3200 block of W. Lake St.  Responding officers quickly identified and arrested Washington around 1:20 am on scene.

Curtis Washington. Photo: Chicago Police.

Washington has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery of a transit employee and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property less than $500.

Washington is scheduled to appear in bond court on March 9, 2023 at 2600 S. California.

Chicago Man Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Gangland Murder

By James Malone, The Chicago Times

March 10, 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been sentenced to life in a federal prison for committing murder to maintain and increase his power in a violent Chicago street gang.

According to prosecutors, Pierre Robinson, 29, of Chicago, was found guilty of committing murder in aid of racketeering by a federal jury in August, 2022.  The jury returned its verdict after a four-day trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Robinson was sentenced to life in prison by U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr.

Pierre Robinson. Photo: Justice Department.

It was revealed in the course of the trial that Robinson allegedly murdered Glenn Houston, Jr., 23, on Dec. 23, 2014, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing Robinson’s position in the Evans Mob street gang.  It is alleged that Robinson shot Houston multiple times inside a store in the 400 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.  

The Evans Mob, aka “GuttaGang” and “Hitz Squad,” is a known criminal organization whose members and associates deal in narcotics trafficking and commit acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, and assault, in order to amass and preserve the gang’s territory on the South Side of Chicago.

It was also revealed during the sentencing hearing that Robinson was involved in the murder and attempted murder of two other individuals, Hammood Dawoudi and DeShawn Danzler, on June 18, 2015.