The man made an early morning trek to North Avenue Beach to photograph Sunday night's super moon as it set. But just minutes before sunrise, state prosecutors said, he was assaulted by a group of men with a beer bottle.
State prosecutors said the alleged robbers surrounded the photographer, Ting Shen, 24, who tried to defend himself by swinging the tripod at his assailants. But Ting could not keep them from fleeing with two cameras, the tripod, and a New York Yankees cap.
Police officers arrested three men for the armed robbery around 5:15 a.m., according to police officials, while they were trying to flee in a beach parking lot around 1600 North Lake Shore Drive.
Shen, of Albany Park, said he is surprised he choose to defend himself rather than run, but the decision came down to protecting his photography equipment, some of it borrowed from friends.
"I said, I'm going to fight for it, I have $30,000 worth of equipment on me. I was like, I'm not going to give it up," he said. But once they surrounded him, "I went into defense mode."
Vincent Jackson, 47, and Quintin Scott, 45, two of the men arrested, hail from Robbins Illinois. They and Darnel Scott, 24, appeared in bond court today and were held on $350,000 bond.
Shen, who sustained minor injuries to his face, said the lens of one of the cameras broke during the incident.
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