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Boy, 9, among five robbery suspects

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 10:12 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — CHICAGO — Three boys, including a 9-year-old, were arrested after they brandished a paintball gun and robbed two 12-year-old boys in a McDonald’s near the Chicago Skyway, according to police and prosecutors.

Two other suspects were still at large Wednesday, three days after the robberies at the McDonald’s, police said.

The five entered the restaurant around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Four of them, including Lamar C. Lewis, 17, and a 16-year-old boy, entered the bathroom and confronted a 12-year-old boy, police and prosecutors said.

After pulling out what police believe was a paintball gun, Lewis and the others began beating the boy, throwing him to the ground and going through his pockets, police said. They took the boy’s cell phone, iPod and money, police said.

As they were leaving the restaurant, the group—this time including the 9-year-old boy—stole a cell phone from a second 12-year-old in another part of the restaurant, police said.

The second robbery was witnessed by a man, 44, and a woman, 33, police said. The man ran after the group and managed to lead police to at least three of the five.

Lewis and the 16-year-old were arrested around 7 p.m. and the 9-year-old was arrested at about the same time, police said.

The other two suspects managed to escape, police said. The paintball gun was not found.

Lewis was charged as an adult with felony aggravated robbery and was ordered held on $25,000 bail on Tuesday, prosecutors said. The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with aggravated robbery. He appeared in Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

The 9-year-old boy appeared in Juvenile Court on Tuesday and charges against him are pending, according to a source.

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