|Roger Lakes (Cook County Sheriff's Office)|
Outstanding work by 19th district officers has resulted in the arrests of two men in connection with a brutal beating and robbery under the Belmont L tracks early Tuesday morning. A third suspect remains at large.
The two suspects in custody were arrested 24-hours apart within feet of the crime scene by officers who recognized them while on routine patrol.
21-year-old Roger Lakes, who has prior arrests for crimes such as battery and theft, was taken into custody after being recognized by officers at Belmont and Sheffield around 1:50 yesterday morning. Lakes, whose address of record is the former location of the recently-improved Broadway Youth Center, is charged with robbery. Bond is set at $100,000.
The second suspect, a 19-year-old man with a Skokie address, was arrested outside of the Belmont CTA station entrance at 3 o'clock this morning—again by passing officers who recognized him as being wanted in connection with Tuesday's attack. CWB is withholding his name until charges are filed.
According to a police source, Tuesday's victim was chased, beaten, and robbed by three young black men between 18- and 24-years of age. The victim was found bleeding from the head in the middle of Belmont Avenue by a passing Chicago Police Department prisoner transfer unit. Part of the incident was captured on CTA surveillance video.
CPD case HX306826.