COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man claiming to be "the bodyguard of all students" is charged with robbery and battery after accosting two Columbia College students, according to court documents.
Police said a student was walking in the 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue on Oct. 3 when the man, 50-year-old Cary High, approached him and said he "knows everyone at Columbia College and is the bodyguard of all students."
He allegedly asked the student to buy him a sandwich. When the student said he had no money, High accused him of lying and warned him that he would remember him, prosecutors said.
A few days later on Oct. 8, the same student encountered High again, prosecutors said. He walked up and said to the student, "Do you remember me? I remember you."
High again asked for a sandwich, according to a police report. When the student pulled out a $5 bill, High allegedly responded by demanding all his money.
A second student, a 20-year-old woman, encountered High on Sept. 23 in the 600 block of South Wabash Avenue, where he allegedly made a derogatory remark and then screamed obscenities as she ran away.
The student later filed a police report.
During a brief bond hearing Thursday, High was ordered held on $250,000 bail.
High has been convicted of five felonies in the past, including a rape in the early 1990s, prosecutors said. He also has more than 20 misdemeanor convictions and has failed to appear in court more than 20 times.