Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Loop: Man charged with two fast food robberies; Also: College student charged with head-butting traffic aide

Devonte Gipson is charged with robbing two Loop fast food restaurants on Saturday morning. | CPD; Google
Prosecutors say a Calumet City man robbed one Loop restaurant and tried to hold up a second before cops caught him on Saturday morning.

Devonte Gipson walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts at 31 East Adams with his hand under a newspaper and demanded all of the store’s cash, a manager told police. The cashier handed over the contents of the register and Gipson ran away, according to police.

A few minutes later, the 26-year-old allegedly tried to rob the McDonalds at 144 South Wabash. Gipson approached the counter, implied that he had a gun in his waistband, and demanded $1,000 from the restaurant manager, prosecutors said. Gipson reportedly left when the manager ran to a back room and called 911.

But Gipson didn’t get far. Cops arrested him about a half-block from the McDonald’s shortly after 6 a.m.

He has been charged with felony robbery-indicating presence of a firearm and felony attempted robbery-indicating presence of a firearm. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail.

Jordan Richardson head-butted a traffic aide at Michigan and Van Buren, prosecutors said. | CPD; Google

Traffic Aides Battered

A Pullman man who told police he works at The Ohio State University is charged with pushing one traffic aide and head-butting another on Michigan Avenue last Thursday evening.

Prosecutors said 19-year-old Jordan Richardson was crossing against the light at Michigan and Van Buren around 5:30 p.m. when a female traffic aide told him to clear the street.

When Richardson flipped the woman off and said “f*ck you,” the traffic aide said “f*ck you” in return, an assistant state’s attorney said. Richardson then pushed the woman in the chest and slapped her radio equipment to the ground, according to charges.

A male traffic aide intervened and Richardson head-butted the man in the nose, punched him in the face, and fled the scene, prosecutors said. Police arrested Richardson nearby in the 400 block of South Wabash.

He has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery of a government employee and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Judge David Navarro set bail at $1,000, which allowed Richardson to go free by posting a $100 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday.

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