CHICAGO — A Gresham man was arrested and charged with the attempted armed robbery of a University of Illinois at Chicago student.
Darrine Luckett, 23, of the 8500 block of South Sangamon Street, was charged in the attack Monday, UIC officials said in a statement Tuesday.
The incident happened at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 8. A UIC student was walking in the 600 block of West Roosevelt Road when he was allegedly approached by Luckett. Luckett pointed to an object under his shirt and demanded the student's laptop, officials said. He shoved the student, who fell into the snow, and "began to strike him with closed fists," and then fled, police said. Luckett allegedly fled in a waiting silver Chevy Tahoe, but the student's laptop was not taken.
Luckett was arrested after UIC's Robbery Task force and Chicago Police located video of the attack, UIC officials said. Interviews and a canvass of the neighborhood helped locate and identify Luckett, officials said.
The incident was the first of two robberies of UIC students near the school in February. Another student was robbed of his ID and cellphone while walking between the East and West Campus in the 1200 block of West Flournoy Street a week later.