9-Year-Old Arrested for Role in Robbery

A 9-year-old was among a group of three boys arrested after they allegedly brandished a paintball gun and robbed two 12-year-old boys in a McDonald’s on the Chicago Skyway.

Two more suspects remain at large, but the police believe it is only a matter of time before they are caught.

According to the police report, the group of five entered McDonald’s around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Four of the boys went into the restaurant’s bathroom and confronted a 12-year old boy.

Police said Lamar C. Lewis, 17, pulled out what they believe was a paintball gun and threatened the 12-year-old.  Lewis and the other boys began beating the 12-year-old and eventually threw him to the ground.  Once on the ground, the group went through the boy’s pockets and took his cell phone, iPod and money.

The group then exited the bathroom, but before leaving the restaurant they attacked another 12-year-old boy.  In this attack, which included the 9-year-old, the group stole the victim’s cell phone.

The second attack was witnessed by a male and female patron, and the man followed the group until police arrived.  He was able to lead police to three of the attackers, but two of them escaped.

Lewis was charged as an adult with felony aggravated robbery and was ordered to be held on $25,000 bail.  A 16-year-old who participated in the attack was charged as a juvenile.  He faces charges of aggravated robbery.

The 9-year-old boy was charged in Juvenile Court on Tuesday.  Details of his specific charges were not made public.

The weapon used during the bathroom attack has not yet been recovered.  Police believe Lewis may have given it to one of the suspects who fled.

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