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Man attacked, robbed at Gold Coast hotel: Prosecutors

  • Jherrell McMahan has been charged with robbery.
Jherrell McMahan has been charged with robbery. (Chicago Police Department…)
October 24, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A West Englewood resident was arrested Tuesday morning at his home and charged with robbing a man in his luxury Gold Coast hotel room last summer after the man called a massage service, county prosecutors said.

Jherrell McMahan, 25, of the 6600 block of South Bishop Street, was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and ordered held on $150,000 bond.

The 70-year-old robbery victim was staying at the Whitehall Hotel on East Delaware Place Aug. 23 when he returned to his hotel room, called for a massage service and unlocked the door, prosecutors said. Instead of a masseur, McMahan allegedly came into the room with an unnamed co-offender and knocked the hotel guest to the ground, prosecutors said.

McMahan and the second alleged offender beat the man, stole his iPad and ripped his pockets open to retrieve his wallet, credit cards and cash, according to court records. They also allegedly threatened to hit him with a bottle of whiskey and a bike pump that were both in the hotel room before they fled in a getaway vehicle that was registered in McMahan's mother's name.

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