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Alleged gang member accused of intimidation at Lakeview clinic

February 20, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

An alleged Chicago gang member was accused of intimidating an employee at a Lakeview reproductive clinic, county prosecutors said Thursday.

Lazane Clark, 53, of the 2900 block of North Halsted Street, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the clinic, the Reproductive Genetics Institute on North Halsted Street, and charged with felony intimidation by a gang member and criminal damage to property, and other misdemeanor charges.

The clinic's employee told police officers Clark refused to leave his office when asked multiple times and threatened to hurt him if he did not give him money, according to the police report.

Clark also threatened to shoot the man, county prosecutors said, after allegedly shooting an unknown object into the driver's side door of the man's BMW, which was parked in the clinic parking lot.

Clark, an "admitted Black Gangster Disciple," according to the police report, was accused by police officers of extorting money from the clinic employee for a period of days, telling him that gang members would visit his family if he didn't pay him, according to prosecutors.

Clark was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Thursday afternoon and ordered held on $450,000 bond.

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