River Forest Police arrested an 18-year-old Chicago man Nov. 15 in connection with two armed robbery incidents that took place 10 minutes apart the evening of Nov. 14.

Police said David Barnett, 18, of the 1400 block of North Lawler Avenue in Chicago, allegedly jumped from the bushes near Thomas and Harlem and called to a walking woman saying he had a gun around 7:50 p.m. The woman fled and called police. Ten minutes later, police said Barnett exited a pearl-colored Cadillac near a trio of jogging women on Chicago and Bonnie Brae and grabbed one by the arm, allegedly announcing he had a gun. The woman flung her iPhone into the grass away from herself and police said Barnett snatched the phone, reentered the vehicle and fled. Police said neither woman saw a gun in Barnett’s possession.

River Forest police were able to track the stolen iPhone into the west side of Chicago and conducted a traffic stop Nov. 15 on a vehicle in the 5000 block of North Avenue around 6:55 p.m. Barnett was in possession of the iPhone, but police did not recover a weapon, a press release stated.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved a felony count of robbery against Barnett for the second incident. He was also charged with aggravated assault for the first incident. 

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