COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Not only did an Edgewater man stiff delivery drivers when it came to the tip, he also allegedly robbed them of the food and their money at gunpoint, prosecutors say.
Demetrius Glover, 21, was charged with robbing delivery drivers in Edgewater and Uptown in four separate attacks since June. Andersonville businesses have been on edge about the incidents, but police have not confirmed that Glover was responsible for all the driver robberies.
Most recently, a driver was delivering a food order on July 19 in the 1000 block of West Winona Street, in Uptown, when Glover emerged and pointed a black handgun at the driver, prosecutors said. Glover, who has "Murder Boys" tattooed on his hands, took the food, a cell phone and $6 from the driver, according to court documents.
On Tuesday, police arrested Glover outside his Edgewater home in the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue after the driver positively identified the 21-year-old in a photo lineup. His cell phone number matched the number used to place the July 19 food order, according to court documents.
Glover on Wednesday appeared in bond court, where he was charged with three counts of armed robbery.
Officials said Glover robbed another delivery driver in the 1000 block of West Winona Street on July 16. He allegedly used a handgun to rob a driver of the food order, cash, cell phone and a credit card, according to court documents.
Glover, who prosecutors said is currently on parole for burglary, is also accused of robbing delivery drivers in the 1400 block of West Catalpa Avenue and 1000 block of West Hollywood Avenue.
Glover, who also has a tattoo on his chest that reads "Only God Can Judge," was ordered held on $350,000 bail by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan.
At a CAPS meeting in Uptown Wednesday, police said they could not yet confirm a link between Glover and a previously reported series of armed robberies in the area targeting Andersonville and Edgewater restaurant delivery drivers. But they haven't ruled it out and said authorities are still investigating.
Police did say at least two of the robberies involved pizza restaurants, and that it's possible a female accomplice was involved in at least one robbery. But they didn't give further details during the meeting, which was held at the Bezazian Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St.
The latest armed robbery of a delivery driver, according to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, happened July 30, in the 1000 block of West Hollywood Avenue.
That's the same block where court records say Glover allegedly robbed a delivery driver in June.
The chamber also reported similar incidents that allegedly happened in July in the 5300 block of North Kenmore Avenue, 5300 block of North Winthrop Avenue, and in the 1000 block of West Winona — where Glover is already accused of two armed robberies in July with similar narratives to the incidents noted by the chamber.
A police spokesman on Thursday, however, said he could not confirm if Glover was suspected in all of the armed robberies mentioned by the chamber.
Albert Lopez, a 49-year-old Uptown resident at the CAPS meeting Wednesday, was surprised that such a blatant pattern of crimes could happen in the same area.
"When anybody strikes a couple times in the same area and the offender is not getting caught, for some reason in their mind they're probably thinking nobody's going to call the police or that this is a nice spot to hit," said Lopez, one of only two people who showed at the meeting.
He said he hoped a message would be sent "by numerous arrests and convictions," so people know "this is not the place to pull these kinds of criminal acts."