Second robbery near beating/robbery site
From staff reports September 23, 2013 5:38PM
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:24AM
ELGIN — About two hours after a man was beaten into critical condition by three teens during a street robbery near the Grand Victoria Casino on Thursday, another man was robbed by three teens matching the same description about two blocks away.
According to police reports released Monday, a man walking in an alley leading eastbound from the Clock Tower Plaza Shopping Center was approached by three teenagers riding bicycles about 10:28 p.m. He said the boys asked whether he wanted to buy some marijuana.
The man said that after he replied “no,” one of the three teens followed him to the area of National and Raymond streets. Implying he had a gun in his pocket, that teen demanded his cellphone and cash, then hit him in the ear. But when a police car drove nearby, the victim said, all three boys rode off.
In a possibly related incident at about 8:30 p.m., another man told police he had been riding a bicycle along the Fox River Trail bicycle/pedestrian path between the Grand Victoria Casino and Festival Park when three teenagers came up to him on bikes, hit him in the head with a brick and stole his bike and his cellphone. That man was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where police said Friday that he had been admitted in critical condition with a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.
No report was available Monday on the condition of the beating victim, whose name was not released.
After an investigation, police reported, they went to an address in the 400 block of Sherman Avenue and arrested two teenagers on charges related to the Fox River Trail case. Brandon K. Taylor, 17, of the 2300 block of Larch Avenue in Hanover Park, and the other youth found at the house, a 15-year-old male juvenile, were charged each with three counts of robbery and two counts of aggravated battery. Bail was set at $100,000 for Taylor.
Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said Monday that the Raymond Street case is still being investigated and that no one has been charged with that crime yet.