DePaul student was robbed at gunpoint in Lincoln Park, not kidnapped: cops

One woman and two men were charged Monday robbing a 19-year-old DePaul University student at gunpoint near the school’s Lincoln Park campus, nearly four days after police said the student lied to authorities about being kidnapped and driven to an abandoned home.

Officers arrested the suspects — Tarika Gilmore, an 18-year-old from East Garfield Park, Deaaron Jackson, a 27-year-old from Humboldt Park, and Lasam Davis, a 24-year-old from Fifth City — on Friday upon finding the 19-year-old’s stolen belongings inside a deserted building that matched the address he said he was taken to in the Jan. 8 robbery, according to a statement from Chicago police.

But he was never kidnapped and robbed at that location, police said. Rather, about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the three of them stopped the 19-year-old as he walked through an alley in the 900 block of West Montana, police said. They pointed a gun at him and stole his belongings.

Chicago police initially announced Gilmore, Jackson and Davis’ arrests about 3 a.m. Monday in a press release that detailed the 19-year-old’s account of being kidnapped. An hour later, CPD retracted that narrative and clarified he was actually robbed in the Lincoln Park address.

“The detectives’ investigation revealed that the DePaul student’s story about being kidnapped near the school’s Lincoln Park campus Tuesday night and driven to an abandoned house where he was robbed at gunpoint was fabricated,” CPD said in the press release.

Gilmore, Jackson and Davis each face a felony count of armed robbery with a firearm and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to real property, police said. They are scheduled to appear in bond court on Monday.

Police said the 19-year-old had told investigators the trio drove him to an empty house in the West Garfield Park neighborhood’s 4200 block of West Wilcox, where they took his debit card to withdraw cash at a nearby gas station. After also stealing his cell phone and other belongings, he told officers, they allowed him run away unharmed.

But on Thursday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi posted on Twitter that the student was not robbed or kidnapped anywhere in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, adding that “this also was not a random incident.”

The three suspects were caught Friday night, when patrolling CPD officers noticed a light on inside a vacant apartment building about 10:15 p.m. in the 4200 block of West Wilcox, where the 19-year-old said he was brought to at gunpoint, police said.

They knocked on the back door — and out the front door ran Gilmore, Jackson and Davis, police said. All three told the officers they did not live in the apartment.

Officers, being aware of a “robbery pattern” surrounding that address, found a stash of stolen property inside, including the 19-year-old’s items, police said. The three were arrested.

Chicago police did not provide further details on the investigation.

Tarika Gilmore | Chicago police

Deaaron Jackson | Chicago police

Lasam Davis | Chicago police

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