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Instagramming robber caught by police: Prosecutors

October 21, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Gresham man was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with armed robbery after police officers identified him as the man accused of robbing a clothing maker he met on Instagram.

Devontae Watkins, 21, of the 1200 block of West 81st Street, allegedly made a plan with a clothing designer from Calumet City to buy some of her products after he saw them posted on Instagram. He contacted the woman through his Instagram account and they agreed to meet on Sept. 11, according to court records.

That day, the woman drove to meet Watkins, who climbed into the car to look at a bag she was carrying full of pants, belts, and baseball caps, among other items, according to court records. Then Watkins brandished a knife with a four-inch blade and demanded the woman give him all of the clothing items while an unknown co-offender walked toward her car holding a gun, according to court records.

Watkins was identified by police after the woman pointed them to a photo of him she found on his Instagram account.

Watkins was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and ordered held on $250,000 bond.

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