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Waukegan teen arrested in cellphone robbery with shotgun

Elijah Murphy 16 200 block S. West Street Waukegan charged as an adult with Armed Robbery. | Special Sun-Times Media

Elijah Murphy, 16, of the 200 block of S. West Street in Waukegan charged as an adult with Armed Robbery. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 5, 2012 11:34AM

A 16-year-old Waukegan youth is being held on $500,000 bond this week, charged as an adult with armed robbery after he allegedly used a shotgun to rob a classmate and two others on a Waukegan street.

Police arrested Elijah Murphy, 16, of the 200 block of S. West Street, after police were called Tuesday just before 5 p.m. to the 300 block of Ravine Street for a “man with a shotgun.” When police arrived, the caller said the suspect had fled, but police were able to recover the shotgun that was used in the robbery where all three victims had their cellphones stolen, police said.

The police investigation revealed Murphy allegedly pointed the shotgun at all three individuals, made them lie on the ground and then took their cellphones. One of the 16-year-old victims knew Murphy from school.

Investigators placed Murphy under arrest Wednesday and charged him as an adult with armed robbery. He was taken to Lake County Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bond.

“It is unfortunate that someone of such a young age decided to take this path,” said Police Chief Daniel Greathouse.

He praised the officers for locating the gun and also said the police’s success would not have been possible without help from the residents. “I am especially grateful of the assistance received from the public regarding this case,” he said.

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