COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two parolees have been charged with attacking an elderly woman in West Ridge — ripping off her necklace as she tried to fight back.
One of the men charged, 22-year-old Jerome Fizer, is also accused of robbing a West Ridge man earlier that same day.
According to prosecutors, a 69-year-old woman and a witness were walking along the 1600 block of West Devon Avenue on Thursday afternoon when Fizer ran up, grabbed the woman's necklace and tried to rip it off her neck.
The woman grabbed Fizer's hand, and the witness tried to help, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said during a bond hearing Friday.
At that point, a second man, 22-year-old Darryl Wilson grabbed the witness, prosecutors alleged. Fizer and Wilson were able to run off with the chain.
Police arrested the pair about 2:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of North California Avenue after officers noticed a 2009 Nissan Murano speeding down the street, passing cars on the right, according to an arrest report. The car matched a robbery-suspect description given over the radio, the report said.
Officers found the woman's necklace inside the car, as well as a gold chain belonging to a West Ridge man, court records show.
Scaduto said Fizer stole the chain earlier that same day after he followed a man walking in the 6400 block of North Albany Avenue.
Fizer, who was caught on surveillance footage, walked up to the man as he tried to open a door and slammed the man's head into the door, Scaduto said. Fizer then took the chain off his neck and ran off, she added.
Fizer, of the 200 block of North Pine Avenue, is currently on parole for a marijuana conviction. Wilson, of the 5600 block of West Fulton Street, is on parole for possession of a controlled substance.
Both men were charged with robbery of a person over the age of 60. Fizer was hit with an additional robbery charge.
Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Friday ordered both men held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
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