Thursday, July 18, 2019

Two charged with mugging woman near Belmont Red Line station (It's the 3rd robbery charge since 2015 for one of them)

Deshawn Harrison (L) and Jason Walker are charged with robbing a woman near Belmont and Sheffield. | CPD
Two men are charged with mugging a woman near the Belmont Red Line station on Wednesday morning, police said. And this is the third time one of the men has been arrested for robbery since 2015.

A 28-year-old woman told police that Jason Walker and Deshawn Harrison tried to grab her phone in the 3100 block of North Sheffield at 10:58 a.m. An argument broke out and the men threatened the woman, prompting her to push them. The two then grabbed her phone and began punching her in the face and body, police said.

When the victim fell onto the ground, one of the men held her down and kicked her before the offenders fled eastbound on Belmont Avenue, according to police. Officers searched the area and found both men in the 3400 block of North Halsted. Police arrested the men after they were identified by the victim.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her elbow and foot, police said.

Walker, 22, was ordered held without bail.  Bail for 19-year-old Harrison was set at $10,000.

Walker, who is currently on parole, is no stranger to CWBChicago readers. And Wednesday’s mugging is the third time he’s been charged with robbery since 2015.

On Aug. 12, 2015, Walker and an accomplice pushed a 29-year-old woman to the ground in the West Loop and demanded her purse and phone. When three people tried to intervene, Walker implied that he had a gun and said, “I will blow everybody’s motherf*cking head off!” while the accomplice chased the Good Samaritans and threatened to hit them with a bike lock attached to a cord, police said.

Walker pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to one year of probation and community service. Prosecutors repeatedly filed violations of probation against Walker, but a judge terminated the probation in April 2017 without further consequence.

Less than three months later, identifying as Felicia Williams, Walker was arrested for stealing cans of pepper spray from a hardware store in the 1100 block of West Belmont. Prosecutors dropped the charge because the store failed to show up in court.

A month after that, Walker and two other offenders entered a Boost Mobile Store in Gage Park, doused the 19-year-old employee with pepper spray, and stole a cell phone. Police said they found two cans of pepper spray in Walker’s possession. He was charged with Class X felony armed robbery under the name Karl McCormick.

Prosecutors cut a deal with “McCormick” and allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge of felony theft in exchange for a three-year prison sentence.

Walker/McCormick, who was released on February 15th after serving half of that sentence, is currently on parole.
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