1 charged in robberies near UIC campus

June 23, 2012 12:05:04 PM PDT
A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged as an adult in connected with a series of robberies in the UIC area, including the armed robbery of a student in April.

Authorities say the suspect, Nolan Dawson, 17, of Chicago, was already in police custody in another case at the time he was charged with two new counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated robbery. Police say Dawson was positively identified in a lineup by several robbery victims.

"The close partnership of UIC Police with the Chicago Police is an important safeguard of our campus community," UIC Police Chief John W. Richardson, a former deputy superintendent of CPD, was quoted in a UIC release. "But the cooperation of the public, looking out for their own safety and that of others, is equally important."

Early on the morning of April 22, police say a UIC student was robbed in the 1000-block of South Loomis Street. According to authorities, the victim said a group of five men approached him, and one asked to borrow money. When the student replied that he did not have any, one of the offenders allegedly placed a handgun to the victim's head and took his wallet and iPhone. The victim was not injured.


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