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Pink Bike Used as Getaway in Drug Deal Gone Bad: Prosecutors

By  Erin Meyer and Emily Morris | January 16, 2014 8:46am | Updated on January 16, 2014 3:47pm

 Louis Tabor, 23, of the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue.
Louis Tabor, 23, of the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue.
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CHICAGO — A man angry about the price of the pot he had purchased returned to the scene of the drug deal riding a pink bike and packing a gun, prosecutors said.

Louis Tabor was $1 short when he went to buy some marijuana from a group of people standing around in the 500 block of East 65th Street around 11:30 p.m. in July 2011, Assistant State's Attorney Allison Sise said Tuesday.

The dealer and a group of witnesses, who allegedly saw him approach on Eberhardt Avenue riding the bike, at first refused to cut Tabor a deal, but eventually they relented, she said.

Tabor rode away only to return a short time later — again on the pink bike, Sise said. When an argument about the price of pot ensued, Tabor allegedly pulled a gun.

The group told Tabor he didn't need the gun and that he and the drug dealer should settle the disagreement with their fists, Sise said. He agreed and gave the weapon to someone to hold.

But a moment later, when another man, Marquis Strong, stepped in to try to stop the fight, Tabor allegedly looked at Strong and said, "'Who the f--- is this,' and charged him," Sise said.

Sise said Tabor grabbed the gun back from the person he had given it to, used it to strike Strong and them shot him.

Strong, 26, ran from the scene but suffered wounds that ended being fatal. Tabor allegedly jumped back on the pink bike to make his escape.

Tabor, 23, of the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue, was arrested recently in Ohio while he was in custody on unrelated charges, according to the Chicago Police Department.

During a brief court appearance Thursday, Cook County Judge Israel Desierto ordered Tabor held without bail.