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Armed robbery sparks manhunt through ‘burbs, two men held

Updated: October 11, 2012 8:58AM

Four robbery suspects -- two of whom are now being investigated in connection with a murder in Dolton -- led police on a chase through the Far South Side and at least three suburbs Wednesday afternoon.

Chicago Police first responded to the armed robbery in the 9000 block of South Ada Street about 3:50 p.m. and broadcast a description of the suspects’ vehicle, according to police News Affairs.

Officers spotted the vehicle, sparking a chase that went through south suburban Harvey before the suspects crashed near 144th and Halsted streets in Riverdale, police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

Four men jumped out of the vehicle, two of whom were caught, Gaines said.

Dolton police took the men into custody, and are also investigating whether the suspects and the vehicle was connected with a murder in the south suburb earlier this week, Gaines said.

Derrick Hampton, 52, of Dolton, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, Ind., after being shot in the 1000 block of Blouin Drive in Dolton, according to officials with the Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s office.

At one point, Wednesday’s chase came close enough to Metra’s Electric Line tracks, forcing operators to halt trains in the area, authorities said.

Train service was stopped between the Ivanhoe station in Riverdale and the 147th Street station in Harvey for roughly an hour starting at 5:15 p.m. as police responded, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said. Riders were on the move again Wednesday night.

Authorities had no immediate description of the two remaining suspects who remained on the loose.

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