Robbery suspects charged with threatening girls with baseball bat

Tribune reporter

Two Chicago men armed with a baseball bat are accused of trying to rob two 15-year-old girls during an attack  on Friday night that was foiled by two off duty police officers, police said.

Judge Israel Desierto ordered Carlos Alvizo and Elias Martinez, jailed on $75,000 bail during a Sunday bond court appearance.

Alvizo, 18, of the 5600 block of South Homan Avenue and Martinez, 21, of the 2300 block of South Trumbull Avenue were both charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery of two 15-year-old girls that happened in the 3600 block South Hoyne Avenue in the city’s McKinley Park neighborhood, police said.

One of the suspects was wielding a baseball bat as they demanded “everything’’ from the girls, according to a police report.

One said: “Give me everything. I don’t want to whack you. Do you have any money? Do you have your cell phone? What do you have in your pocket?”’ according to the report.

Alvizo reached into a pocket of one of victims before but both men fled when they spotted two people – who happened to be off duty police officers from Chicago and Forest Park – who began running after them, the report said.

Both men jumped into a gray Dodge Neon but as Martinez turned on its ignition the officers were able to stop them before they drove away in the car, police said. 

The girls later identified them and they were arrested about 6:15 p.m.

Tribune reporter Mitch Smith contributed



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