Campus Cop Brought Baby to 'Social Media Ruse' That Ended in Shooting

By Erin Meyer on December 5, 2012 5:36pm | Updated on December 6, 2012 3:36pm

 Kurtis Flowers, 17, was one of two teens charged in the Monday armed robbery of two victims, including an off-duty university cop, police said. 
Kurtis Flowers, 17, was one of two teens charged in the Monday armed robbery of two victims, including an off-duty university cop, police said. 
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COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE — The off-duty university cop who was lured by a 15-year-old into a gunpoint robbery on the South Side had a baby with him at time of the stickup, which ended with him shooting the teen, officials said.

Among the new details that emerged in the bizarre Monday incident was that the officer brought along a 5-month old infant when he rode shotgun with his cousin — who allegedly went to buy an iPhone offered for $50 on Twitter.

When the cop and his two young charges arrived in the 2200 block of East 87th Street to make the buy, the teen who lured them produced not an iPhone but a gun, which he pointed at them while demanding money, prosecutors said in Cook County Bond Court Wednesday.

The cop drew his own weapon and fired, striking the would-be teen robber under the armpit, officials said.

It was unclear where the baby was during the gunplay.

The 15-year-old suspect was taken to Stroger hospital, where family members rushed to his side only to find he had been arrested, along with another youth, and charged with armed robbery.

He was ordered held in lieu of $275,000 bond.

The other youth, 17-year-old Kurtis Flowers appeared in bond court Tuesday and was also held on $275,000 bond.

I don't understand what happened," the aunt said outside her nephew's appearance at bond court. "If he did something wrong, he's got to pay for it — but don't charge him as an adult; he's too young."

The Chicago Tribune said the campus officer worked for Chicago State University, but the school referred questions to Chicago police.

Police originally said the off-duty campus policeman was tricked by a "social media ruse" into thinking he was about to purchase an iPhone. Chicago police referred questions about the officer to Chicago State.

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