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Published on May 15, 2024
Chicago Heights Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Woman in ChicagoSource: Chicago Police Department

A 58-year-old man has been apprehended and charged in connection with an armed robbery that targeted a woman on Chicago's streets. Richard McClellan, from the 1400 block of Edgewood Ave. in Chicago Heights, is facing a felony count for an armed robbery with a firearm, law enforcement officials confirmed today, as reported by the Chicago Police Department.

In a chain of events quickly folding into an accusation of violent crime, Chicago Police took McClellan into custody near E. Grand Ave. late on May 13, following a tactical response to a distressing armed theft. He is alleged to have forcibly taken property from a 30-year-old female victim at gunpoint in the neighborhood of Stetson Ave., within mere blocks and mere minutes before his arrest. A detention hearing has been scheduled for today, May 15, at the 2600 S. California court.

Details are still surfacing, but initial reports obtained by the Chicago Police Department describe the frightful encounter. The victim, whose identity remains withheld, encountered the apparent aggressor, leading to her being threatened with a firearm and relieved of her belongings—a crime that has become a too-familiar story in the night saga of the city.

The authorities have yet to release additional information on the property stolen, or McClellan's potential motivations and background. However, it is known that the offense occurred less than an hour before his capture, thus enabling law enforcement to swiftly respond to and investigate the incident.