Sunday, April 22, 2018

River North: Paroled Murderer And Second Man Charged With Robbing Ride-Hail Passenger

Robert Archer (left) and Robert Means | Chicago Police Dept
Two convicted felons, including one who is on parole for murder, have been charged with robbing a ride-hailing service passenger in River North.

Early Friday morning, detectives working an anti-robbery mission began surveillance of a vehicle that was suspected of being used in a ride-hailing robbery on April 13.

Detectives watched 45-year-old Stacey Means and 51-year-old Robert Archer used the car to pick up a victim in the 100 block of West Kinzie around 3:30 a.m., police said. Surveillance continued as the men drove the victim to an ATM, forced the victim to withdraw money, and then robbed the victim of valuables, according to police.

The two men were arrested minutes later.

Police said the surveilled vehicle is also suspected of being used in the robbery of a ride-hailing passenger in the 200 block of West Grand around 11 p.m. on April 13.

Archer and Means, who are from the Austin neighborhood, were each charged with one count of aggravated robbery for the incident that was observed by police. The men were due in bond court on Sunday afternoon.

State records show that Means was paroled in July 2015 after serving 18 years of a 32-year sentence for murder. He also has previous prison sentences for narcotics in 1997 and possessing a firearm in a school in 1991.

Police said Archer is also a convicted felon. His record was not immediately available on Sunday.

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