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Avondale party turns violent: Prosecutors

July 23, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Four teenagers were arrested in Avondale early Monday morning after they robbed a man at a party on West Roscoe Avenue, county prosecutors said.

Imad Gordon, 17; Briggen Baity, 19; LC Camel, 17; and Kenneth Hines, 18, were charged as adults when they appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. They were held on $50,000 bond after county prosecutors recounted how they allegedly hit a 20-year-old man and took his cell phone, iPod shuffle and wallet at a Sunday night house party.

The man said he was at a party in the 2800 block of West Roscoe Avenue when the group of teenagers approached him and shouted "Get him!" They started "beating on" him, he told police officers, according to the police report, took his belongings, and fled.

The man screamed for help, the police report said, and "begged them not to take his phone."

A witness told police officers that between four and six "well-dressed" young men robbed the man, and he later identified two of them after they were arrested a few blocks away from the home. Police said they saw Baity drop the cell phone on the ground before they arrested him.

Two of the four teenagers confessed to stealing from the man, while one said he only watched the robbery happen and a fourth said he knew nothing about it.

Three of them said a fifth man named "Moose" had been involved, but the victim repeatedly told police he did not believe anyone named "Moose" was present. Baity said Moose was the one who took the cell phone, a black iPhone, but minutes later he purchased it for $20.

"We decided to get on it and slam him," one defendant told police officers, according to the report.

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