Six people charged with robbing convenience stores in Loop

CHICAGO (STMW) - Three men, a woman and two teenage girls have been charged with robbing two convenience stores in the Loop over the past two weeks, among several other crimes.

At 1:48 a.m. on Feb. 1, Na Eem Hoskins, 24; Allen McDowell, 23; Emmanuel Hunter, 19; Deashley Woodard, 19; a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl entered a 7-Eleven store in the 0-100 block of East Lake Street and pushed a store employee before running away “with several items of merchandise,” according to Chicago Police.

The following week, on Feb. 9, the group entered a convenience store in the 800 block of South State Street at 11:45 p.m., struck the store employee in the face and ran away with merchandise, police said.

About two hours later, they were involved in the armed robbery of a passenger on a Blue Line Train. About 1:25 a.m., they approached a 28-year-old man sitting on the train, hit him and robbed him, police said.

The group ran away and were all arrested near the Dearborn Blue Line stop, police said.

Hoskins, of the 1000 block of West Lawrence; McDowell, of the 4000 block of North Sheridan; and Hunter, of the 100 block of West Elm; were charged with felony counts of robbery, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated battery to a transit employee.

McDowell was also charged with aggravated robbery with a gun and the criminal sexual assault of a 26-year-old man, which occurred in the 300 block of South Columbus Drive at 11 p.m. Feb. 2, police said.

Woodard, of the 1000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated battery to a transit employee and aggravated battery to a merchant.

The teens were charged with felony counts of armed robbery, aggravated robbery resulting in great bodily harm and a misdemeanor count of retail theft less than $300, police said. The 16-year-old was also charged with misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily harm, and criminal damage to property less than $300, police said.

All were scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

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