Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lincoln Park Hoops Star Charged In North Side Robbery Spree; Had Free Ride At UNC, Lawyer Says

McGill on the court of the Milwaukee Bucks' BMO Harris Bradley Center | Facebook
UPDATE JULY 17 11:27AM:  In response to an inquiry from CWBChicago, UNC spokesperson Kate Luck this morning stated, "We have no record of an applicant or enrollee by the name of Bryce McGill at UNC-Chapel Hill."

It appears that McGill and his attorney will have some explaining to do when he returns to court on Friday. Our original report follows.
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18-year-old Chatham resident Bryce McGill graduated from Lincoln Park High School on June 11. A standout basketball player, he earned a full ride to the University of North Carolina starting this fall (spoiler alert) his lawyer said.

McGill | Chicago Police Dept
He won't be going.

Instead, McGill is now accused of pulling off a series of robberies across Lakeview and Lincoln Park in July. Detectives are still looking to connect him to a sixth case, according to a source.

McGill was arrested outside of Wrigley Field early Friday, about 90 minutes after he and another man battered a 24-year-old woman and stole her phone in the 500 block of West Oakdale, prosecutors said.

Officers saw McGill walking with two backpacks near the Addison Red Line station around 1:20 a.m. and recognized him as a suspect in a previous robbery, according to a source.
McGill graduated from Lincoln Park High School on June 11 | Facebook
Cops screeched their car to a stop at Addison and Wilton—slamming a parked car in the effort—and gave chase. McGill was tased and taken into custody near the Harry Carey statue at Wrigley Field’s bleacher entrance.

Inside his backpacks, officers later found a phone belonging to the woman who had been mugged earlier that night as well as proceeds taken in other muggings, according to police.

Prosecutors today charged McGill with five felony counts of robbery, one felony count of robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm and one count each of reckless conduct, resisting police, and theft of lost or mislaid property.

Chicago Tribune reporter Will Lee was in bond court today when McGill's attorney told no-nonsense Judge Peggy Chiampas about the UNC scholarship:

"Young man,” Chiampas said, “that was gold in your hands.”

An “enraged” Chiampas set bail at $150,000 before taking a break to clear her head, Lee Tweeted, later reporting that McGill's family will have to produce proof of the scholarship in court next week.

Approximate locations of five robberies believed to be connected to McGill.
In addition to Thursday night's mugging, McGill is accused of taking part in a rash of robberies across Southeast Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park since July 5. Among the cases that investigators considered to be connected to the pattern are:
#1) 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, near Clark and Arlington 
#2) 1:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, in the 700 block of West Briar
#3) 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the 600 block of West Deming 
#4) 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the 500 block of West Briar  
One of the two offenders in each case was consistently described by victims as being about 6’2” tall and decked out in track suits. The second offender remains at large.
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76 comments:

  1. Great work CPD! Thank you.

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  2. oh yea, that was gold in his hands!

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    1. now itll be lead in his ass

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  3. Just curious where the information on him having a basketball scholarship to UNC comes from. He's not listed as a commit on any of the websites and he was not a known recruit from what I can see.

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    1. Based on my reading of the story, it would seem that it was brought up in court.

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    2. This is my nephew and he does have a full ride to UNC! It doesn't need to be brought up at all.

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    3. UNC is the defending national champion. This kid's signing there would have been big news -- especially in Chicago. There's not a single story on it anywhere... and the school does not list him among its recruits.

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    4. A shame...he has squandered his life. A saying comes to mind: "If opportunities were raindrops, some could stand under a thunderous deluge of those raindrops and not get wet.. ". This seems to be the case. Working in social services I see this all the time...very frustrating...!!! :-(

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    5. UNC is the defending national champion. This kid's signing there would have been big news -- especially in Chicago. There's not a single story on it anywhere... and the school does not list him among its recruits.

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      There are myriad scholarships other than basketball. Nonetheless, his family will need to produce documentation to support his attorney's statement in court next week.

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    6. "This is my nephew and he does have a full ride to UNC! It doesn't need to be brought up at all."

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      Welp. His representation brought it up in court. So it's public now. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    7. Kid is a nobody, unranked, no way is a UNC commit! It's a lie! Must think it might get him out of trouble.

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    8. To AnonymousJul 15, 2017, 7:35:00 PM
      "This is my nephew and he does have a full ride to UNC! It doesn't need to be brought up at all."

      .....So....UNC, picked the wrong f'ng guy then, didn't they?
      And the free tuition damn well should be brought up because he's not paying for his education. You're not paying for it either. A bunch of 'other people' are though.
      Your nephew is a social deviate, a felon, and hopefully an ex-scholarship recipient.

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    9. It never said it was a basketball scholarship. Perhaps you assumed that because they mentioned he played at Lincoln park.

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    10. A full ride doesn't mean it was based on basketball. My niece got a full ride to UNC as well and it was not sports related. My child got a full ride to another east coast university and it was not sports related either. Just because he was allegedly mugging and robbing people, does not mean he couldn't have been an excellent student. It is tragic that he chose to be so dumb and blow his opportunity. For real.

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    11. no way he is going to UNC- Chapel Hill. Goes to UNC and one of the few from Illinois to attend UNC and only one on football team. If this kid was a hoops player for UNC, he would be enrolled in summer school. I call BS.

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  4. I guess in a way it's a good thing that someone smart in need who isn't a POS will get that scholarship instead.

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    1. No, not hardly. Just to someone who didn't get caught.

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  5. Thank you CPD, stay safe out there. We appreciate you.

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  6. It's sad that this young man had a full ride to make his life better and chose the wrong path to follow 😥

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  7. he should be a superstar in the penal league.

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  8. Wow what a waste. He just pissed his life away! Glad he was caught!

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  9. wow i wish my kids had a free ride,but being an old work horse,it aint goin happen.well back to work for me,got bills to pay.

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    1. instill a solid work ethic in your kids. My kid got a full academic scholarship to her top college.

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  10. He was going to UNC on an academic scholarship

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    1. Looks like he put those academic abilities first...

      Not.

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    2. With his grades lol that's delusional the boy did just enough to graduate he was looking at a prep school to continue playing but UNC sounds better lol

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    3. Smart he was not!

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  11. What do you bet some charges get dropped and/or he gets community service hours.

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    1. This is sad but it's reality, he needs to be punished for his actions so that he may not make thsee mistakes again. I know first hand and I believe the jails need to be a lot tougher so that people get the message.

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    2. I believe we need more than "tougher" jails. Studiea show there's very little correlation between incarceration and rehabilitation. We need to improve our educational system and figure out how to repair the family dynamic. Figure out the reason young people with a future feel that stealing is the way to go to obtain "easy" money. He may have had a scholarship but was he academically and emotionally ready for college? Could he afford books, transportation, school supplies?

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  12. CPD - I hope you're reading this - you guys are badass. Put your lives on the line to take scum like this off the streets so the rest of us can stay safe. Cheers to you.

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  13. Dumb sh*t is when you read an article and make assumptions. None of this indicates that he was an UNC recruit and that his full ride was for academics or even if UNC offered the full ride. It is possible that its academic or that he received another scholarship and chose to apply it to UNC. Despite what he is being charged with, reading is still FUNDAMENTAL

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  14. Sports breeds character. (allegedly)

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  15. He's a moron and a loser. Robbing a woman of her phone???...lmao...go to jail loser with the imaginary scholarship.

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  16. Looks like he'll be spending his career in court instead of on the court.

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  17. Beating women ? Kicking a guy in the head ? When exactly was it that they stopped teaching sportsmanship in athletic programs ?
    Academic scholarship ??? You mean he's smart ? In whose freaking world?

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  18. Bye Bye dickhead. If he had a scholarship, IF, it's now gone. He would have screwed it up anyway. Now it can go to someone who deserves it.

    You could have done a better job auntie!!!

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  19. Smh!!!! Bryce never had a scholly anywhere he barely had grades to play at LP

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  20. Those nice shoes in the picture though...

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  21. Not going to UNC on a basketball scholarship. Find it hard to believe this "GENIUS" was going to UNC on academic scholarship. I wish there was some way UNC would comment on this. I'm going to do some research on this and send the story yo UNC and see if I get a response. I'm sure UNC does not want a thief, loser, woman assaulter, pos on their campus.

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  22. Seriously who cares if he had a scholarship or not. He pissed it and his life away by running around doing stupid shit. If he was the was the next MJ, and committed murder, should that matter at all in his charges or sentencing??? I'm all for giving people second chances, but this was not an islotated one time incident where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person. He committed robberies on more then 5 occasions some supposedly armed. He battered women in these robberies. Not only did they pick easy targets but they chose women on some occasions. Acts of straight up cowards. He needs to spend a few years in jail, hopefully to realize his mistakes, not polish up on his thug skillset. Thank God he was caught, but I'm thinkin he will be out in no time with prob the outcome of no time to be served. Let him rot in jail for a bit!!

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  23. May he get a deserved sentence, but this is cook county so I doubt it.

    Nothing non-violent about armed robbery.

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  24. What's happening with the car CPD crashed into?

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  25. This does not reflect well on Lincoln Park High School.
    How many classmates did McGill threaten, beat up, rob?

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    1. None...this type of coward didn't have the nerve to bother the real Lincoln Park Students..because they were busy in class...he barely went to class!

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    2. no one, he wasn't like this at LP

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    3. He was a real POS at LP. All the teachers hated his guts.

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  26. This is sad! I am sad that he wasted his opportunity to be great at such a young age. I am glad that he got caught though. It is unfair for people to work hard for the things that they desire only to have criminals take them. It does not matter if he had a full ride for basketball or for academics at UNC. That is over. He will be charge with several crimes and the police caught him with evidence. He will be convicted and serve time. It is what it is.

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  27. He is ranked as the 2,992 basketball player in the 2017 recruiting class. There is no way he receives a scholarship to a Big Time program like UNC. I don't care who brings it up. May be he received an offer from a Community College in North Carolina that you can transfer your credit to UNC.

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    1. If this is all true, he might have been planning on being a walk-on on the JV team. Won't happen now, though. No doubt UNC will rescind the scholarship.

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    2. Bryce was looking at a prep school in North Carolina its possible that he received a scholarship to a prep school in North Carolina.

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    3. Or maybe the scholarship is non athletic. But even if it was athletic Colleges do have to report every scholarship they offer. He can red shirt for the team and still have a scholarship.

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  28. Saturday’s hearing took an emotional turn when McGill’s court-appointed attorney told the court during mitigation that McGill had graduated from high school last month and had received a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina.

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  29. I don't understand why the family needs to show the scholarship papers in court! What difference does it make if he's on a scholarship or a corner hood, Robbery is robbery! Lock his thug ass up!

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    1. I don't understand why the family needs to show the scholarship papers in court! What difference does it make if he's on a scholarship or a corner hood, Robbery is robbery! Lock his thug ass up!

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      See, lying to a court is a major no-no.

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    2. It's a crime to commit perjury!

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  30. It looks like he got a low income grant called the Carolina Covenant Scholar which pays for 100% of the tuition, housing, food, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

    Either way I'm sure the school will love to have a 6'5 210lb monster who punches females in the face running around their campus.

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    1. meet the team: let them know. http://carolinacovenant.unc.edu/contact-us/

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    2. Did he actually receive a grant or a possibility of one? According to the update, UNC @ Chapel Hill, this is the school's statement "We have no record of an applicant or enrollee by the name of Bryce McGill at UNC-Chapel Hill." I hope there is NO TAX money if he was receiving a grant from the Low Income Group.

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  31. My dad scrubbed toilets at night as a janitor to put me in an inexpensive private school. My grandpa actually grew up in a tent - with two parents and a sibling. None of robbed people or shot people. And we didn't get any free rides. The poverty narrative needs to go bye bye. The college is sadly lucky this happened. Can you imagine someone like this living in a dormitory on a collage campus with alcohol flowing?

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  32. Total idiot! No sympathy. Was sitting outside with family from out of town on the same block (at Caesar's) an hour and a half before he beat and robbed the young woman on Oakdale. Had been telling them of the mayhem in the neighborhood and feeling, like I do the majority of times with the majority of people, that they thought I was exaggerating or just paranoid. As we were walking on that beautiful evening with so many folks out enjoying it, my brother said, "See, it's a nice neighborhood". Sent them your entry of the Oakdale incident the day after they left.
    Why are people so reluctant to believe the gravity and degree of crime? Or just minimize it? I truly do not understand it. It actually hurts me that my loved ones don't really think it's as bad as I say. Sad.

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  33. UNC??? Unavailable, Near Cermak & 26th.

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  34. First hand information from Lincoln Park HS Administration, he does not have any sort of scholarship to UNC. Lincoln Park HS was his 3rd high school he has attended. To say he was not a model citizen while he attended LP would be an understatement.

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  35. So this is the guy who jumped onto a roof when CPD was tracking him down. I dont care if this punk is the next Einstein...off to prison with you . You dont deserve anything.

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  36. Doesn't it say there are 2 guys involved? Why is everyone saying he's the one who hit someone he had a very hard life growing up and he was also bullied. He was a great kid he wouldn't harm a fly but yes he was easily influenced which I feel resulted in this situation yes he should pay for his actions but don't just judge him based off of what you see others saying

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  37. The scholarship claim has to be legit... Because neither a thug who robs little old ladies nor a Chicago lawyer would ever lie about such a thing!

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  38. He can't be guilty. There's a picture of him in a graduation uniform, that means he's innocent.

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  39. "Sorry Judge, by Full Ride we meant his dad is paying for his "full bus ride" to USMC not UNC, where he intended to enroll for the Marines." "My bad Judge" says the lawyer about to be yelled at and sanctioned.

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  40. Hope he goes to North Carolina and stays there. If he keeps up his actions of assault and thief there they, no doubt, have stiffer jail time than Cook County.

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  41. No scholarship of any kind from UNC. The Carolina Covenant scholarships are for student from the state of North Carolina. To be a walk on at UNC you have to be okayed by Roy Williams. Many seek to walk on but only a few are accepted. JV team is made up of students who sometimes practice against the varsity but will never even sit on the bench.

    UNC Class of '54

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  42. Here's his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bryce.mcgill.5 where his friend cheers on his "potential".

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  43. I heard this piece of shit leads his team in steals.

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  44. He chose poorly.

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  45. UNC probably has more than just the Chapel Hill campus.

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