COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two men were ordered held on bond Friday after prosecutors said they robbed a Sprint cellphone store on the Southwest Side.
Prosecutors said Omar Anderson, 20, and Victor Mayberry, 18, were arrested by police on Jan. 2 just a few blocks from where they had taken cash and phones from a Sprint store at gunpoint.
Anderson and Anderson walked into the Sprint store in the 7900 block of Sout Western Avenue at 10:39 a.m. on Thursday, according to court records.
After asking about buying a phone, Anderson pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the two employees in the store hand over merchandise, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said one of the workers managed to hit an alarm before Anderson ordered them to get on the ground.
The two men fled the store with 11 cellphones and more than $180 in cash stuffed in a black bag and hopped into a car. One of the Sprint employees followed the two in another car but got into an accident while chasing them, prosecutors said.
Responding officers spotted Anderson and Mayberry a few blocks away on Western Avenue, and the two men tried to flee on foot after dropping the bag of phones and cash, according to court records.
An officer caught Mayberry in the 7500 block of S. Western Ave. Mayberry, of the 6700 block of South Oakley Avenue, punched the officer in the chest and head area before he was arrested. The 18-year-old was allegedly also found with a black semi-automatic handgun, according to police reports.
Anderson was caught and arrested in the 7700 block of South Western Avenue. The 20-year-old was later charged with one count of armed robbery.
Anderson, of the 2300 block of West Marquette Road, was ordered held on $350,000 bond Friday by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan.
Mayberry was charged with three felonies, including aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Sullivan ordered Mayberry held on $125,000 bond.