Paroled robber who mugged off-duty police officer charged with yet another robbery in Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL — A man who served half of his sentence for robbing an off-duty police officer has been charged with another robbery since being paroled a few weeks ago.

According to a report by CWB Chicago, Derrick Robie was paroled in February after serving half of a three-year sentence for robbing an off-duty Chicago Police Department (CPD) sergeant outside the Town Hall (19th) Police District.

Robie then allegedly robbed a man on the Morse Red Line platform last Friday, according to the same report:

“Around 4:10 a.m. Friday, Robie approached a 32-year-old man who was waiting for a train on the platform at the station, 1358 West Morse, according to a CPD spokesperson.

“Robie asked the man for money, but the victim told him he didn’t have any and walked away, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Cromydas said Saturday.

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“Robie allegedly followed the man and told him not to walk away because it makes it look like he has money.

“He then claimed he had a gun, Cromydas said. When the victim again said he didn’t have any money, Robie allegedly asked if he wanted to see the gun. 

“The victim gave him $10.”

Robie then allegedly replied:

“See that’s all you had to do. It didn’t have to come to this.”

CWB Chicago further reported:

“Cromydas said the victim boarded the train when it arrived and pushed the help button. Police met with him at the Granville stop and walked through the train looking for the robber.

“They found Robie in another car, allegedly with the victim’s $10.

“Robie told police he simply asked the man for money and the man gave it to him, Cromydas said. But CTA surveillance videos showed the full interaction.

“Prosecutors charged Robie, 24, with aggravated robbery.

“Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood said he is 24 and lives at a halfway house.

“Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $200,000. He must pay 10% of that to get out of jail. But he is also being held without bail while the Illinois Department of Corrections reviews his parole status.”

CWB Chicago also reported that Robie has a prior history of being charged with robbery:

“Robie stole the wallet from the pocket of a man who lay dying on a staircase at the Loyola Red Line station in January 2018.

“Prosecutors charged him with robbing a man at gunpoint at the Morse Red Line station a few weeks after that. His bond court judge let him out on his own recognizance that time.

“He eventually received three-year sentences for both of those crimes, which were served concurrently.

“In June 2016, a tourist from Florida identified Robie as the person who robbed [and] pushed him against a wall and took his phone at knifepoint in Boystown.

“But the man refused to sign complaints because he couldn’t return to Chicago for court dates. CPD charged Robie with misdemeanor possession of a knife instead.

“One week later, prosecutors charged Robie with theft for allegedly knocking a 60-year-old homeless man’s change cup from his hand and taking the victim’s money at Halsted and Roscoe. Charges were dropped when the victim failed to show up in court.”

CBS reported last month that there were three gunpoint robberies in one day on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), but city officials were not keen on discussing them at all.

On April 14, four victims were robbed during the crimes, which occurred on the CTA “L” trains and platforms.

CBS reported:

“CBS 2’s Tara Molina has been tracking violence on our public transit – a subject about which the city will not talk

“The lack of comment from the city is not for lack of trying. We’ve been reaching the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Mayor’s office almost daily at this point about this uptick in crimes. 

“So we found someone else to weigh in. 

“Sitting on a Pink Line train near the Kedzie stop in Lawndale around 1:50 a.m., a 23-year-old woman was the first of four victims. Police initially said this robbery happened at 12:50 a.m., but later corrected their narrative.

“Chicago Police said two men approached the woman, and ‘one of the offenders produced a handgun and put the gun on the side of her head while demanding all her personal property.’

“A mere five minutes later on the same platform of the same station, the same thing unfolded. Two men – one of them 45 and the other between about the ages of 25 and 30 – said they had just gotten off the train when two men came up and robbed them at gunpoint.

“Police will not say if the two robberies are connected.

“A couple hours later, around 4 a.m., there was another gunpoint robbery on an ‘L’ train in a different part of the city. This time, a 48-year-old man reported he was asleep on a southbound Red Line train when a robber woke him up and robbed him at gunpoint.

“This happened near the Bryn Mawr station in Edgewater neighborhood. The victim stayed on the train until the Clark/Division subway stop, where he reported the incident. 

“Thankfully, none of the four victims were injured.”

According to CBS’ report, the three robberies came on the heels of more than 10 that had occurred since the prior week:

“The CTA and the Mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. 

“With little to no response from all of the city departments we’ve pushed for answers to questions about the spike – and the decision to add unarmed security guards to the CTA to target it – we brought questions to security expert Phil Andrew, who has decades of experience as a member of the FBI — Phil Andrew. 

“Andrew said simply, ‘The CTA is really just another area that is being policed less than it should.’ 

“‘It’s critical for the success and economics of the city that we’ve got to invest in more actual uniformed police on those CTA trains,’ Andrew added. 

“There is also an advanced camera network rolling on the CTA system — we’ve seen it ourselves, and we’ve shown it to you. So why isn’t the city sharing those images — with so few arrests in the incidents we’ve tracked the past two weeks?

“This is the answer police have provided repeatedly: ‘If detectives establish a pattern of crimes that are connected, they will create a Community Alert, which our office will disseminate at that time.’

“But Andrew said, ‘The use of the technology needs to really be leveraged.’

“He said independent of increasing uniformed police on the CTA — something he acknowledges is difficult given police staffing right now — the use of the surveillance camera system to aid in public safety could be helpful.

“‘Releasing images and repeating that we’ve got a safety issue is really challenging, but we’re never going to get through that without using the cameras effectively,’ Andrew said. ‘It really is a bit of a Catch 22. If you’re not going to use the information you have effectively, to engage the public in enforcing and solving and trying to repress that criminal activity, you’re not going to engage them back to ridership.’”  

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