COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two men were charged in an attempted robbery gone awry when off-duty cops saw one of the men threatening two 15-year-old girls with a baseball bat Friday night, according to police and court documents.
Carlos Alvizo, 18, allegedly confronted the girls in the 3600 block of South Hoyne Avenue armed with a baseball bat raised over his head, according to court documents.
Also attempting to rob the girls was 21-year-old Elias Martinez, according to police.
Alvizo allegedly said to the girls, "Give me everything. I don't want to whack you. Do you have any money? Do you have your cell phone? What do you have in your pockets?"
Alvizo then allegedly reached into one of the girl's front outside pockets before he noticed two people had spotted him and he took off. The witnesses, who turned out to be off-duty Chicago and Forest Park police officers, chased after him, police said.
Court documents show that Alvizo fled to a Dodge Neon, which was allegedly driven by Martinez.
The men made it a few blocks before the cops caught up to them in the car and arrested them after they were positively identified by witnesses, police said.
Alvizo, of the 5600 block of South Homan Avenue, and Martinez, of the 2300 block of South Trumbull Avenue, were both charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery.
A judge ordered the two men held on $75,000 bail on Sunday.