CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - An off-duty Chicago Police officer witnessed the armed robbery of a senior Sunday afternoon in the North Side Lake View neighborhood and confronted the suspects, who were later arrested, police said.
About 3 p.m. Sunday, a 63-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of West Barry when he was approached by a man who punched him in the face, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
The victim fell the the ground, and the suspect pointed a handgun at him and announced a robbery, police said. The man started shouting for help as a second suspect appeared, and they struck him with the gun and their fists while searching his clothes for valuables.
An off-duty officer nearby heard the man’s yells and confronted the suspects, drawing his service weapon and announcing that he was a cop, police said. The suspects ran away with the victim’s wallet.
The officer chased them and called dispatchers to give a detailed description of the suspects, police said.
19th District officers who responded to the call saw two men on the street matching the descriptions, police said. After a brief foot chase and search, they were taken into custody and positively identified by the victim. A weapon was also recovered, police said.
David S. Shabazz, 20, was charged with aggravated battery to a senior, armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon, all felonies, according to Chicago Police. Juwan Askew, 18, was charged with aggravated battery to a senior and armed robbery, both felonies; and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.
Shabazz, of the 5400 block of South Aberdeen; and Askew, of the 200 block of West Garfield Boulevard, are both scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.