Two men are accused of robbing people of iPhones during separate incidents on the Near North Side during the night of the July 4th fireworks, police said.
Quejuan Henley, 18, and Harold William Cherry, 25, were both charged with felony robbery, police said.
Criminal Court Judge Israel Desierto on Saturday set bail at $75,000 for Cherry, of the 1300 block of Kingsbury Drive in northwest suburban Hanover Park, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and police. Court information was not available immediately for Henley, of the 1300 block of East 72nd Place in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, police said.
Henley is accused of grabbing an iPhone from a 41-year-old woman walking with her son about 9:40 p.m. Thursday at Division Street and Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast neighborhood while Cherry, who was armed with a knife, allegedly snatched a cell phone from a 51-year-old man sitting in his car about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of North Michigan Avenue in the Near North neighborhood, police said.
In the incident involving Henley, the victim told police she was holding her son’s hand and her iPhone in the other hand while walking, according to a police report.
Henley is accused of forcefully pulling the phone from the woman, causing her to spin around and lose her grip of the phone. She began chasing him briefly, yelling “Give me my phone,” before an unknown accomplice tripped her, causing her to fall to the ground and scrape her right knee and left wrist, the report said.
Real estate broker Gary Dailey, a 51-year-old Northwest Side man, saw the attack and began chasing Henley, who ran through the Division Street tunnel where he dropped the phone, which was later recovered after another citizen found it and gave it to officers after the incident.
“He started running toward me and he ran up to the stairs and I decided I was sick of it,” Dailey said. So he said he sprinted after the man, chasing him for three or four blocks before the man, about 35 feet in front of him, turned around and headed back toward Dailey.
“All of a sudden,” Dailey said, he saw numerous police cars and sirens at the corner of Division and Lake Shore Drive responding to reports of the incidents in the underpass. Police soon apprehended Henley, of the 1300 block of East 72nd Place, was later charged with robbery in the incident, police said.
Henley was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail in a hearing before Judge Desierto on Saturday.
In a separate incident about an hour later in the 500 block of North Michigan Avenue, Cherry allegedly “pounded on” the car window of a 51-year-old Northwest Side man before “snatching open” the door of his 2011 Honda Civic and, with a clenched fist, demanding that the motorist give him his cell phone, police said. As Cherry was fleeing northbound on Michigan Avenue, the man noticed Cherry had an knife in his hand. Patrol officers saw him and were able to stop him shortly afterward on the west side of Michigan Avenue.
Cherry, who was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was taken there to be treated for a laceration which required stitches to his left forearm, was arrested at 10:56 p.m., the report said.
Henley and Cherry are scheduled to appear in court again on July 11.
Source: chicagotribune.com “Two men held in iPhone robberies,” July 8, 2013.