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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Archer Park near Midway International Airport hosts organized youth baseball leagues and less formal pickup games, but there are new signs of crime as well.
“They just said,” Give us your things or you will die “and” Get on the ground or you will die, “said the armed robbery victim Moises Tamayo.
Moises – only 14 years old – said he would leave the park after soccer practice with six others just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
“There was this black Audi that circled the block once or twice,” he said.
But this white Audi with the tinted windows circled back a third time.
“They got out of the car and said, ‘Get on the ground or you will die,” said Moises.
All seven were forced to the ground and robbed of phones, cash, credit cards, and other personal effects.
“My son received a notification that his credit card was being used at a gas station in the west,” said Carlos Rico, the father of one of the victims.
About an hour after the robbery, Rico said he had received a fraud notice from his bank.
“We were able to look up this location at the exact time of the transaction,” said Rico.
Someone tried to steal the stolen card from a West Side gas station about five miles from the park.
“At first I thought, ‘Great! Bingo! We have these people. All I have to do is call 911 and tell them, “Hey, we got a hit on this credit card that was stolen about half an hour ago,” he said.
But Rico said the police didn’t jump on the tip.
“Unfortunately I didn’t get the answer I wanted,” said Rico. “I told them I wanted to give them timely information that could possibly catch the two boys who just robbed a group of kids.”
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