CHICAGO — A victim tailed and later identified a robber who stole $3 from him at gunpoint, prosecutors said.
Lee Turner, 40, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and appeared in bond court Sunday. Turner was charged with armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
He was held on $250,000 bond.
On Saturday night, the victim and a witness drove to a restaurant in the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue when the victim got out of the car to buy cigarettes, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Joell Zahr.
"When the victim came back outside of the restaurant, he was approached by the defendant who stated 'What you got?' " Zahr said.
Turner, of the 2100 block of West Warren Boulevard, allegedly grabbed the victim's arm and pulled him to a nearby empty lot.
There, Turner pulled out and cocked a gun, pointing it at the victim, Zahr said.
The victim took $3 from his pocket, and Turner ran to a dark-colored truck, Zahr said.
The victim got back into his car and followed the truck into an alley where he lost sight of it, Zahr said.
Minutes later, Turner's truck was pulled over for a traffic violation, Zahr said.
The victim and witness came to that scene shortly afterward and identified Turner as well as a .25-caliber gun found on the floor of the truck, Zahr said.
Turner admitted to police that he had the gun in order to "get some money," Zahr said.
Turner has seven felony convictions, six of which were narcotics-related offenses, prosecutors said.