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$900K bond for 2 men charged in armed robbery in Albany Park

David Ruiz  |  Chicago Police photo

David Ruiz | Chicago Police photo

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Bond was set at $900,000 each for two men charged in an armed robbery in which a woman was wounded and a Chicago Police officer was bitten by a dog early Saturday in the Albany Park neighborhood.

A black sport-utility vehicle approached four people walking in the 4500 block of North Christiana about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and the driver, David Ruiz, made gang signs at the group and yelled, “King love” and “throw the folks down,” according to police and court documents.

The group — an 18-year-old man; a 19-year-old woman, and two 16-year-old girls — ignored Ruiz and continued walking, according to court documents. Ruiz, 20, then parked the SUV and got out, along with his passenger, Devonte “Tate” Little, 18.

Little pulled out a black revolver and pointed it at the group, and he and Ruiz stole property and ran back to the SUV, according to court documents. The group ran away, but Little opened fire and shot the 19-year-old woman in the neck and calf.

The woman was treated at Swedish Covenant Hospital and released, authorities said.

Responding officers found the SUV in the 5300 block of North Kimball and placed Ruiz in custody, but Little ran away, according to police and court documents. Police said officers also initially took a female suspect into custody, but she was later released without being charged.

Officers found Little in a nearby yard in the 5400 block of North Spaulding and ordered him to show his hands, authorities said. Instead, prosecutors said, he pointed a revolver at police, who opened fire on him.

Little jumped a fence, ran away through an alley and again pointed a gun at officers, who again returned fire, according to court documents. Police arrested Little “a short time later” hiding in a residential yard, authorities said.

Little was shot in his arm when he pointed a gun at police and was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, authorities said.

A female canine-unit officer was hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening after she was bitten by a police dog — not her dog — during the pursuit, police said.

Little, of the 6600 block of South Wood, was charged with one count of felony armed robbery with discharge of a firearm causing bodily harm; four counts of felony aggravated assault to an officer using a firearm; three counts of felony armed robbery with a firearm, and four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, authorities said.

Ruiz, 20, of the 8800 block of South Escanaba, was charged with one count of felony armed robbery with discharge of a firearm causing bodily harm; three counts of felony armed robbery with a firearm; three counts of felony aggravated discharge of a firearm, and one count of felony aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm, authorities said.

Judge Donald Panarese ordered both men held on $900,000 bond. They will be back in court at 9 a.m. Friday at Branch 50 at 5555 W. Grand Ave.



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