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Paintball Guns Stolen From Walmart Used to Rob 12-year-olds in McDonald's

By Erin Meyer | February 5, 2013 3:28pm | Updated on February 5, 2013 3:45pm

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Prosecutors say a band of teens ripped off paintball guns from a Walmart in Hammond, Ind., and then used them to stick up children at a Chicago McDonald's.

Lamar Lewis, 17, is the only person under arrest for allegedly holding up two 12-year-olds, prosecutors said.

Lewis and several cohorts surprised the first boy in the bathroom of the McDonald's at 4047 E. 106th St., Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said during Lewis' bond hearing Tuesday.

The 12-year-old walked into the bathroom and saw four teens near a urinal — including two with ski masks pulled down over their faces. A fifth person was hiding in a stall, Scaduto said.

While Lewis blocked the door, the group threw the boy to the ground and started rummaging through his pockets, Scaduto said.

The boy stopped struggling when he saw one of his attackers with a silver “Glock-style BB gun or paintball gun,” Scaduto said.

The robbers took a cellphone, an iPod and some cash before darting out of the bathroom. They then robbed a second 12-year-old boy, Scaduto said.

Cook County Judge Israel Abaya Desierto set Lewis’ bond at $25,000 for two counts of aggravated robbery.