3 arrested in Rogers Park robbery

August 18, 2009 (CHICAGO) Dwayne Jones, 18, of the 6600-block of North Ashland Avenue, was charged with one count of Strong-armed robbery.

A boy, 15, was also charged with strong-armed robbery. Another 15-year-old boy was charged with strong-armed robbery and battery.

Police say a 52-year-old man said he saw the three suspects as he walked down the 1600-block of West Lunt at about 10:45 p.m. Friday. Police say the suspects approached the victim and began beating him about the body and head before robbing him.

Officers caught the suspects shortly thereafter.

The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Jones was ordered held on $75,000 bond Sunday by Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin.

The teens were ordered held in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, according to a release from police.

The three, who were not armed during the incident, are scheduled to appear Friday in North Felony Court (Br.42).

The victim was sending a text messge just before the attack, according to Rogers Park District police Lt. John Franklin. The victim apparently did not look up and one of the suspects "cold cocked him'' and "knocked him out,'' according to Franklin.

They stole the man's Mp3 player, his wallet with $20 inside, cell phone and some other valuables before fleeing.

The victim suffered bruises on the right side of his face and possible internal head injuries, but he was treated and released, according to Franklin.

"It was a good effort by lot of units. It was a good group effort,' according to Franklin. "It's likely some of those offenders would have escaped if the officers hadn't concentrated on the scene and closed off any avenue of escape."

The STNG Wire contributed to this report.

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