Four people were arrested in a street robbery that left a man injured as he walked through Noble Square neighborhood last weekend, authorities said.
The group was arrested in connection with the Sunday night robbery in the 1500 block of North Bosworth Avenue, just east of Wicker Park. But Chicago police are looking into whether the group is linked to similar crimes going back several months.
Nigel Douglas, 18, and Bernita Taylor, 23, both of the 1900 block of North California Avenue, and Travis Slaughtaire, 21, of DeKalb, were each charged with felony robbery in the Sunday incident, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
No charges have been filed against the fourth man arrested, and at least two other suspects remained at large tonight.
The victim was attacked by Douglas and at least two other people while Slaughtaire and Taylor acted as lookouts, authorities said.
Douglas and the other attackers punched the victim in his head and other parts of the body, authorities said. Douglas then rifled through the victim's pockets and stole his wallet, which contained a debit card and CTA Ventra card, authorities said. Douglas also allegedly took the victim's cell phone.
Within 20 minutes after the robbery, Slaughtaire and Taylor went into an Urban Outfitters store and bought $700 worth of merchandise with the victim's debit card, authorities said.
Two Chicago police officers with the Area North Saturation Team were patrolling the area of North and Ashland Avenues Sunday night when they received a call over their radio about the robbery, police said. The officers were in the area because of several other recent robberies.
The responding Area North officers eventually found Taylor near North and Western avenues, a little more than a mile from where the robbery occurred, after learning she might be wearing a brown-and-tan bandana on her head, authorities said. After catching her, officers were able to find Douglas, Slaughtaire and the fourth suspect on the South Side.
The robbery victim was not seriously hurt.
Police said the group could be linked to as many as nine robberies going back four or five months in the Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown areas.
Douglas was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Peggy Chiampas, said state's attorney's office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon. Chiampas set bail for Slaughtaire at $25,000 and $10,000 for Taylor, according to Gordon.