Suspect in custody for gunpoint mugging on quad

UCPD officers have arrested the man suspected of robbing a student at gunpoint two weeks ago.

By Rebecca Guterman

On Monday evening the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) arrested the man suspected of robbing a U of C student at gunpoint on the main quad two weeks ago.

Police charged 18-year-old Edward Davis, a resident of the 5400 block of South Dorchester Avenue, with the armed robbery of a student’s iPhone and backpack at 12:06 a.m. on October 10, with two other male accomplices. He was found with the student’s iPhone, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

UCPD spokesperson Robert Mason said Davis did not have a handgun on him at the time of the arrest.

Davis was identified with the help of video cameras in the quad’s emergency phones and the cooperation of the victim. Because he was caught on camera, patrolling UCPD officers knew what Davis looks like, and identified him when they recognized him, Lynch said.

According to UCPD spokeperson Marlon Lynch, Davis may be implicated in other armed robberies, which the CPD is investigating.

“He is a suspect in other pending investigations for armed robbery in the Hyde Park–South Kenwood community,” Lynch said.

Davis was put in a police lineup before being charged. He appeared in Central Bond Court on Wednesday, a CPD spokesperson in an e-mail.

Davis will be put in a lineup for other cases in which he could be a suspect, according to Perez.

“He’ll most likely be held in other lineups, and if he’s identified he’ll be charged in those cases,” Perez said.

CPD said they could not release a mug shot because it might compromise the investigation of detectives in the Chicago Police Area where the crime happened, which covers precincts 2, 7, 8, 9, and 21.

Students say that the arrest does not change how safe they feel on campus.

“It was kind of shocking that it happened on the quad. That and the other crime that night, [on] 57th and Dorchester, are places I wouldn’t have minded walking late at night,” second-year Kavya Minama Reddy said. “The arrest doesn’t necessarily make me feel safer.”

First-year graduate student Chris Cornillie said that he had not heard of the arrest, but that his bicycle was stolen the same night as the armed robbery and that he had hoped CPD would catch the perpetrator. “Just because they got these guys off the street doesn’t mean there aren’t others trying to do the same thing,” he said.

Second-year Patrick Dexter also said that one arrest does not make him feel more secure. “It’s just one person. He’s not the one committing every single crime,” Dexter said.

However, others said they already felt safer, or were unfazed by the original crime. “I feel perfectly safe on campus,” fourth-year Cecilia Donnelly said. “The arrest doesn’t really change that.”

Still, third-year Elisa Cariño said the issue of the arrest is irrelevant, arguing that students should always be aware while out after dark.

“We’ve been told by our administrators, RHs, everyone, not to do things like that at night,” she said.