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Police arrest men suspected in robberies near UIC campus

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Nolan Dawson / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: June 22, 2012 11:04PM

Police arrested three Chicago teenagers suspected in a series of robberies near the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Near West Side.

Nolan Dawson, 17, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated robbery, according to written statement from UIC officials.

Dawson is accused of several robberies, including the April holdup of a UIC student in the 1000 block of South Loomis, the statement said.

Dawson was already in custody for another case when he was arrested Thursday, and positively identified in a lineup by several victims, officials said.

UIC police also arrested two people for a robbery early Friday. Eric Thomas, 18, and Elon Love, 17, both of Chicago, were charged with one count of aggravated robbery, police said.

A campus security guard saw the teens attack an elderly man and UIC police located the suspects, police said.

The elderly victim positively identified the robbers before being taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was treated for minor injuries.

“The close partnership of UIC Police with the Chicago Police is an important safeguard of our campus community,” UIC Police Chief John Richardson said in a statement. “But the cooperation of the public looking out for their own safety and that of others is equally important.”

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