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Cops: Shoplifter pointed gun at Target security staffers

Bond has been at $750,000 for a man who allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at security personnel detaining him for shoplifting at a Logan Square neighborhood Target store last month.

Rikki Rodriguez, 26, of the 1800 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, was charged Tuesday with attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, five counts of aggravated assault to a security officer and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card, police said. He was also wanted on a parole violation warrant.

In bond court Tuesday, Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held on $750,000 and set a preliminary hearing for March 8, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Rodriguez was arrested at his home Sunday night after being identified in a photo array as the person who was detained on Feb. 21 at the Target at the 2600 block of North Elston Avenue, police said.

He allegedly pulled a loaded .22 caliber handgun from his waistband and pointed it at five store security staffers who were holding him for taking a pair of headphones and a watch, the report said.

Rodriguez fled the store, allegedly pointing the gun in the face of a staffer who tried to hold a door closed, the report said. But he dropped a clip for the weapon while leaving, the report said.

Rodriguez, who has a tattoo of a star on his face and was possibly with a second person, got into a small gold sedan driven by another person.

A .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun and 15 live rounds were recovered from a dresser in his studio apartment, the report said.

Grand Central Area detectives continue to investigate.



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