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Another Arrest in Hyde Park Robberies

By Margaret Lyons in News on Nov 29, 2007 11:40PM

A second teenager has been arrested in the string of robberies in Hyde Park the night Amadou Cisse was killed, but 17-year-old Demetrius Warren has not been charged in the murder. Warren has been charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated discharge of a weapon for firing a shot at an attempted-robbery victim who ran away.

2007_11_29.walker.jpgYesterday, 16-year-old Eric Walker was charged in the murder. Walker has a juvenille record for drug possession, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and damage to property, is a sophomore in high school. His lawyer has asked that even though he's been charged as an adult he be kept seperate from the general prison population. Walker's father was murdered when he was 2 years old.

The four robberies went down in under an hour.

Prosecutor Maria McCarthy said in court Wednesday that Walker and his accomplices approached their first victim at 12:25 a.m. Nov. 19 in the 6000 block of South Woodlawn. His accomplices got out of the car and attempted to rob a university employee. The employee fled and was shot at, authorities said.

At 1 a.m., Walker allegedly drove the car to the 5300 block of South Greenwood, where his co-offenders got out and robbed a 27-year-old male student at gunpoint. This incident had not previously been made public by police.

Then, at 1:15 a.m., Walker allegedly drove to the 900 block of East 57th Street, got out and pretended to have a gun in his pocket as he walked up to two female students. He allegedly robbed them of items, including a pen, a source said....
Eight minutes later, Walker drove to the 6100 block of South Ellis, where his two accomplices tried to rob doctoral student Amadou Cisse, 29, of Senegal. They demanded he empty his pockets, a source said, but when Cisse resisted, he was shot in the chest and killed. The teens fled.

Police investigations of the robberies and the murder continue...