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Two Charged with Robbing Teens at Gunpoint in Bus Stop Heist

By Emily Morris | October 27, 2013 6:42pm
 Emmanuel Robinson, 18, was charged with armed robbery.
Emmanuel Robinson, 18, was charged with armed robbery.
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Cook County Sheriff's Office

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were arrested and charged robbery after authorities said they robbed two teens at gunpoint in North Lawndale Thursday.

Taivon Edwards, 16, was charged with armed robbery and automatically transferred, meaning he'll be tried as an adult, according to Assistant State's Attorney Ron Park.

Emmanuel Robinson, 18, was charged with armed robbery.

On Thursday about 4:50 p.m., Robinson and Edwards walked up to two 15-year-old boys as they were waiting at a bus stop in the 3100 block of West Roosevelt Road, Park said.

Robinson told the victims that he had a gun and ordered one of them to give Edwards his book bag, adding that he "was not playing," Park said. Robinson lifted up his shirt, and the boys saw something in his waistband, according to Park.

Edwards then reached into the one of the boy's jacket and grabbed his iPhone, Park said. Robinson and Edwards left the scene just as cops were in the area were responding to an earlier armed robbery, Park said.

Cops saw that the pair matched a description of the suspects in the earlier robbery, Park said. One of them ran, and as officers chased after him, the saw him toss a handgun into an alley dumpster near the 1300 block of South Albany Avenue, according to Park and an arrest report.

Officers arrested both Edwards and Robinson, Park said, and found an iPhone on Edwards. Police also found a 9-mm revolver in the Dumpster, Park said. The two were identified in a lineup, Park said, and one of the victim's identified the cellphone as his.

Robinson's bail was set at $250,000 on Saturday, according to Cook County records. Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail for Edwards at $250,000 on Sunday.