Sunday, May 05, 2019

Court report: Duo gets prison for robbing woman in Loop while on parole; More...

Antonio Dorsey (L) and Demarcus Moore robbed a woman at La Salle and Wacker, police say. | CPD; Google
Two men who were on parole when they robbed a woman at gunpoint in her car near Wacker and La Salle in Feb. 2018 have reached plea deals.

Antonio Dorsey of Chicago Lawn and Demarcus Moore of Auburn Gresham have each pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery with a firearm in the case. Prosecutors dropped charges of vehicular invasion and unlawful restraint. Judge Ursula Walowski sentenced each man to seven years.

Around 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 28th, 2018, Dorsey, Moore, and a third man opened the passenger side door of a woman’s car and demanded her valuables while holding her at gunpoint, police said in a statement. The robbers ran away with the woman’s necklace and phone, but police soon spotted the men running on the Riverwalk, and a foot pursuit ensued. Moore and Dorsey were found hiding under vehicles near Lower Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue. The victim was not injured.

Court records show Dorsey, 21, was paroled 26 days before the robbery after serving less than one year of a two-year sentence for trying to mug a 53-year-old man in the Loop.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Moore had been paroled about four months before the robbery after serving half of a two-year sentence for possessing a defaced 14-inch sawed-off shotgun.

With 50% sentence reductions and credits for time served, Dorsey and Moore will be released early on August 23, 2021.

The third offender, 21-year-old Terry Brewer, pleaded guilty to felony theft last summer in exchange for a three-year sentence for his role in the robbery. At the time of the hold-up, he was on probation for forcing his way into a man’s Kia in the Loop on July 6, 2016.

Tara Moore was arrested near the Sheridan Red Line station. | CPD; CTA
A 51-year-old woman who tried to rob a man after he gave her $2 for train fare near the Sheridan Red Line station on Aug. 16th has received two-years “drug probation” in exchange for her guilty plea. Tara Moore was also fined $529 by Judge Aleksandra Gillespie.

Prosecutors said the victim gave Moore a couple of bucks to get on the train, but when he turned to walk away, Moore grabbed him by the shirt, repeatedly punched the man, and ripped his pants pocket as she tried to gain control of his wallet. Four bystanders pulled Moore off of the 34-year-old victim and held her for police in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to a report.


Dewitt Brown | CPD
• A 15-time convicted felon is going back to prison after pleading guilty to mugging a man in Rogers Park last October while on parole.

Dewitt Brown, 50, was arrested after a police sergeant on patrol saw him rob a man on the street in the 1700 block of West Greenleaf around 10:30 p.m. on October 27th.

When the sergeant intervened in the robbery, Brown allegedly said: “I ain’t going down like this!” Brown then turned around, ran a few steps, collided with a wall and fell to the ground, the sergeant reported. As Brown was lying on the ground, he began to take items out of his jacket pocket, including a pay stub, a Ventra card, and an LG phone, all of which belonged to the 50-year-old robbery victim, police said.

Brown received a six-year sentence for his latest mugging in a plea deal approved by Judge Earl Hoffenberg. With 158 days credit for time served while awaiting trial and Illinois’ standard 50% sentence reduction, Brown will be released early on October 22, 2021.

Police records show that Brown’s 2018 robber took place less than 100 yards from a 2016 robbery that sent him to jail for three years in 2016.

Shavone Gunby pleaded guilty to trying to rob a senior citizen inside this South Loop grocery store. | CPD; Google
Six years is the sentence for Shavone Gunby, who has pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of a senior citizen in a South Loop grocery store men’s room.

Around 4 p.m. on  Nov. 24th, a 60-year-old man was using the restroom at Jewel-Osco,  1340 South Canal, when he was approached from behind, placed into a chokehold, and ordered to hand over his money, wallet, and cellphone by a robbery offender, police said. The victim fought off his assailant and ran from the bathroom screaming for help.

Police said a Jewel-Osco security agent chased 25-year-old Gunby into the parking lot where the Gunby pulled out a knife and charged at the guard, causing the guard to retreat. The guard gave police a description of the offender and cops quickly located the suspect at the Roosevelt CTA station, 30 East Roosevelt Road.

A plea deal with prosecutors had Gunby plead guilty to attempted robbery while the state dropped two attempted robbery charges along with counts of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, and aggravated assault. Judge Timothy Joyce approved the plea deal.

Gunby is scheduled to be released early from prison on November 24, 2021.
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