Sunday, October 02, 2016

Three Charged With Mugging 64-Year-Old Retiree In Boystown Saturday, But The Robberies Continue...

Left to right: Buford, Richardson, and Williams (Chicago Police Department)
UPDATE October 2, 6:49 p.m. - A judge today set bail at $750,000 for each man. Our original report follows.
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Three men charged with yesterday morning’s attack and robbery of a 64-year-old Boystown resident are due in bond court this afternoon, according to police.

One of the men is on parole for armed robbery.

Another is facing charges for allegedly snatching a woman’s wallet from her hand at Belmont and Sheffield in September.

And the third? Oh, he was probably on his way to church for choir practice.

Due in bond court today are 23-year-old Keyruni Eric Buford of the Burnside neighborhood; 21-year-old Vonsean Keuntae Williams of the Near West Side; and 21-year-old Damien S. Richardson of the West Ridge neighborhood.

All three were arrested near Wrigley Field at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, about 30 minutes after the victim was attacked and robbed of his wallet and phone in the 700 block of West Melrose.

Buford is on parole, released in January after serving just three years of a six-year sentence for armed robbery, according to state records.

Less than two months after being released, Buford was arrested for battery outside of the Center on Halsted, according to police records. The outcome of that case was not immediately available.

Williams was arrested in the 3300 block of North Halsted on September 2 after a woman identified him as the man who snatched her wallet from her hand near Belmont and Sheffield minutes earlier. He's charged with theft in the case, which is pending in court, records show.

Richardson has been arrested nine times since 2014, in connection with charges ranging from theft to public indecency to burglary, according to Chicago Police Department records. The outcomes of the cases were not available this morning.

The victim, who lives about a block from the attack site, moved back to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood last year after entering retirement, according to a source.

The Hits Keep Coming

At least two more people were targeted in daylight robberies Saturday around Boystown.

• A woman reported said a man who claimed to have a gun robbed her near Grace and Pine Grove at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. She said the offender is a 30-year-old, 6-foot tall black man who weighs about 200 pounds and wore a black jacket.

• A man was robbed at gunpoint of his bike, cash, and phone near Belmont and Orchard around 7:50 a.m. on Saturday. Our earlier report on the incident is here.
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The next community policing meeting for Wrigleyville + Boystown will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the 19th District police station, 850 West Addison.