On Monday, October 29th, 2012, at 12:07 a.m., District 3 Police Officers Hector Pagan and Hector Claudio were on their way to District 3 at the end of their shift. At that time, the officers saw a man being battered by four young males in the 2200 block of N. Sherman Blvd. The officers got out of their squad and attempted to arrest the suspects, but they ran away. The victim pointed out a fifth suspect, who was acting as the suspects’ driver. That suspect was still in his car on the scene and taken into custody.
The officers interviewed the victim who claimed that the suspects had attempted to rob him. The victim said he was walking in the 2200 block of N. Sherman Blvd when the suspect’s vehicle pulled up. One of the suspects pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the victim and stated, “What’s in those pockets?” The victim pushed away the shotgun, which caused the suspect to hit the victim in the face with it. Three suspects jumped out of the car and began beating the victim and took his iPod. The suspects fled upon seeing the police. The sawed-off shotgun and a handgun were recovered on the scene.
Due to the diligence of the officers, the victim was saved from being severely beaten and a suspect was arrested for armed robbery and two guns were recovered. A sawed-off gun has been used in several robberies by a group of young males over the last few weeks in District 3 and it is unknown how many more robberies the suspects may be responsible for at this time.