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Two Men Charged in Robbery That Left Woman Shot, Cop Bitten By Dog

By Emily Morris | September 1, 2013 5:58pm
 David Ruiz, 20, of the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue.
David Ruiz, 20, of the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two men were charged after an Albany Park robbery ended with a woman shot and a police officer bitten by a dog Saturday, authorities said.

Devontae Little, 18, and David Ruiz, 20, were each charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery, according to arrest documents. Little was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault to an officer with a firearm.

About 3:45 a.m. Saturday, four teens were walking home from a convenience store in the 4500 block of North Christiana Avenue when a black SUV driven by Ruiz pulled up to the group, according to Assistant State's Attorney Joe Crocker and police.

Police said three people were in the SUV, though a third suspect has not been charged.

With Little in the front passenger seat, Ruiz started throwing gang signs at the group, which included two 16-year-old girls, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man, according to Crocker and an arrest report.

Ruiz also yelled "king love" and "throw the folks down" at them, according to Crocker.

The group continued to walk and tried to ignore the SUV when Ruiz parked the SUV and got out of the car with Little, Crocker said.

Little then took out a black revolver and pointed it at the four teens, Crocker said. Little and Ruiz demanded that the group hand over their things, and they took an iPhone from one of the victims.

Ruiz and Little headed back for the SUV when all four teens began to run, Crocker said. As they ran, one of the robbers fired a gun at them, striking the 19-year-old woman in her neck and calf, according to Crocker. She was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, according to an arrest report.

When cops came to the scene, they were given a description of the attackers and the black SUV. They tracked down the car in the 5300 block of North Kimball Avenue and pulled it over with Ruiz at the wheel, according to the report.

They arrested Ruiz, but Little took off from the car and ran, Crocker said.

Police set up a search for Little with help from a canine unit, Crocker said. Officers found Little in a yard in the 5400 block of North Spalding Avenue, according to a police report. Little pointed a gun at an officer, who then fired a gun at Little, Crocker said.

Little jumped over a fence and fled to the 5300 block of North Kimball Avenue, where police found him hiding under a porch with a bullet wound in his left arm, according to the report. He was arrested about 7:45 a.m. and taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital.

At some point during the chase, a canine officer was bitten by a dog, though it was not a police dog, police said. She was also treated and released from Swedish Covenant Hospital, according to police.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Little, of the 6600 block of South Wood Street, and Ruiz, of the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue, each held on $900,000 bail Sunday.