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Parolee charged with robbing 4, including off-duty officer

Darnell Crume / phofrom Illinois Dept. Corrections

Darnell Crume / photo from Illinois Dept. of Corrections

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A parolee has been charged with trying to rob an off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, who fired shots but did not strike the suspect Wednesday night in the Hamilton Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Darnell Crume, 25, of the 5900 block of South Winchester Avenue, was charged with four counts of armed robbery in an incident that involved four victims, according to police. Crume, who allegedly stole a gold chain, is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

An off-duty officer was approached about 11 p.m. by a man who attempted to rob him in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, according to police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer.

Police said the officer was talking to a group of people when Crume confronted them. The officer fired shots but did not hit the man, who was taken into custody, Greer said.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Steve Patterson confirmed that a fourth-year correctional officer was the victim of an armed robbery and that shots were fired about 11 p.m., shortly after the officer finished his shift at the maximum-security unit at the Cook County Jail.

No injuries were reported, Greer said.

Crume was at the Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg before being paroled on March 21, according to the website for the Illinois Dept. of Corrections. He was sentenced to 11 years for conspiracy to murder/intent to kill or injure, according to the site.

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