By Carlos Sadovi
8:05 PM CST, February 6, 2013
Three boys, including a 9-year-old, were arrested after they brandished a paintball gun and robbed two 12-year-old boys in a McDonald's restaurant near the Chicago Skyway, according to police and prosecutors.
Two other suspects were still at large Wednesday, three days after the robberies at the McDonald's in the 4000 block of East 106th Street, police said.
The five entered the restaurant about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Four of them, including Lamar C. Lewis, 17, and a 16-year-old boy, entered the bathroom and confronted a 12-year-old boy, police and prosecutors said.
After pulling out what police believe was a paintball gun, Lewis and the others began beating the boy, throwing him to the ground and going through his pockets, police said. They took the boy's cellphone, iPod and money, police said.
As they were leaving the restaurant, the group — this time including the 9-year-old boy — stole a cellphone from a second 12-year-old in another part of the restaurant, police said.
The second robbery was witnessed by a man, 44, and a woman, 33, police said. The man ran after the group and managed to lead police to at least three of the five.
Lewis and the 16-year-old were arrested about 7 p.m. in the 10900 block of South Ewing Avenue, and the 9-year-old was arrested about a block north at about the same time, police said.
The other two suspects managed to escape, police said. The paintball gun was not found.
Lewis, of the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue, was charged as an adult with felony aggravated robbery and was ordered held on $25,000 bail Tuesday, prosecutors said. The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with aggravated robbery. He appeared Tuesday in Cook County Juvenile Court.
The 9-year-old appeared in juvenile court Tuesday, and charges against him are pending, according to a source.
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