Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lincoln Park man robbed while walking home through Gold Coast; "I was choked, dragged down and beaten up."

Darius Moses is charged with robbing the man here, in the 1400 block of North State Parkway. | CPD; Google
A Lincoln Park man was rendered unconscious and robbed as he walked through the Gold Coast on his way home from an after-work social function last Friday. One man is in custody and a second offender remains on the loose, according to police.

“It was a nice night and I elected to walk back home, which I’ve easily done at least fifty times in the past twelve years or so,” the victim told us. The 41-year-old, who works in healthcare, asked not to be identified by name.

Police said that just after midnight, the man was walking in the 1400 block of North State Parkway when two offenders grabbed him from behind, placed him into a chokehold, and knocked him to the ground.

“Yes, I'd had a few drinks, but so what - this is Chicago, isn't it? Given how much my property taxes have skyrocketed in the past two years, shouldn't I expect some level of security and safety?”

“I was choked, dragged down and beaten up,” he said, adding that he doesn’t remember the attack because he was knocked unconscious. “I woke up in Northwestern with a broken nose, fractured orbit, a black eye and a chipped tooth. They stole my phone, laptop bag with a laptop, and the cash out of my wallet.”

Luckily, a witness saw the robbery unfold and he gave detailed descriptions of the offenders to police. About twenty minutes later, cops stopped 29-year-old Darius Moses in the 100 block of West Division because he matched one of the descriptions. Moses, police said, was carrying the victim’s phone.

Moses is charged with one count of robbery. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail. The second offender has not been located nor has the victim’s laptop and bag.

“I had forgotten the spare credit card I kept in the bag. Sure enough, on Sunday afternoon, I got a fraud alert text on my phone. My card was used trying to by $439 worth of stuff at the Bloomingdale's on Michigan Avenue,” the man said.

“When I got home and looked online, I saw that they had gone on a shopping spree around State and Division as well, swiping at CVS multiple times, Ventra twice, Walgreens, Target, Jewel and Domino's.”

Moses is due back in court on Friday. Detectives are working to see if they can find the second offender by reviewing surveillance video of transactions made with the victim’s stolen credit card.

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