CHICAGO - A second man has been charged with beating and robbing a man last month in River North in an attack that was captured on video.
Mekiel Hampton, 19, was arrested Thursday morning in the 6300 block of South Loomis Boulevard, just hours after a man was shot and several other people were robbed in a series of overnight armed attacks in the downtown neighborhood.
Hampton allegedly beat and robbed two men, leaving both with bruises and broken noses early Aug. 28 in the 400 block of North State Street, prosecutors said in court.
The attack began after a group of people entered a River North bar around 1 a.m. and approached a man sitting at a laptop and wearing headphones, prosecutors said. The group asked for the man’s laptop and he handed it over "because he felt compelled."
The man left the bar and chased the person with his laptop down the street. A group then attacked him, prosecutors said.
Video of the beating, first posted by the crime news website CWB Chicago, shows three men beating the man as traffic crawls past. Prosecutors said the man’s wallet fell out of his pants as Hampton and another person struck him with their hands and feet.
A second man, also from the bar, was sucker-punched in the head and knocked unconscious as he walked down the street, video of the attack shows.
Women are seen dancing in the street while others steal the victims’ shoes, bags and other items. The second victim had $3,500 in cash stolen from his pocket, as well as a necklace and two phones.
While the attack was happening, a Chicago police officer watching surveillance video of the attack recognized Hampton as one of the attackers, prosecutors said. Although police knew the attack was happening, it took police six minutes to the respond to the scene.
Hampton was arrested Tuesday while walking past a police station in Englewood, prosecutors said.
Mekiel Hampton, 19
Brandon Jefferson, 33, was arrested last week and faces two felony counts each of robbery and aggravated battery in connection with the attack.
Brandon Jefferson, 33 | CREDIT: CPD
Hampton is also charged in another robbery earlier that day, just blocks north of the attack. Police said Hampton and two others punched, kicked and robbed a 54-year-old man at 1:05 p.m. in the 600 block of North State Street. The victim was taken to a hospital for his injuries.
Judge Arthur Willis ordered Hampton held on $500,000 bail for counts of aggravated battery and robbery. Hampton has a pending burglary case, for which he was ordered held without bail for violating his terms of bond.Judge Arthur Willis ordered Hampton held on $500,000 bail for counts of aggravated battery and robbery. Hampton has a pending burglary case, for which he was ordered held without bail for violating his terms of bond.
Police say they have responded to a recent uptick in crime in River North, known for its nightlife, by allocating more officers to the district. But police declined to say how many more officers are being deployed during the monthly meeting of Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) for the 18th District.
Shootings in the district have increased this year by 21%, up from 24 to 29. Sexual assaults and motor vehicle thefts are on the rise, too, records show.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.