Two brothers were charged with armed robbery today after stealing an iPhone on the Northwest Side, a theft that led to one of them getting into a scuffle with police over a gun at a cell phone store.
Dion Rutledge, 25, of the 1100 block of North Harding Street, was charged
with armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, two
counts of resisting a police officer, possession of cannabis and possession of a
firearm with no gun card.
The second brother, Delshun Rutledge, 30, of the 2100 block of North Mango
Avenue, was charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm.
Dion Rutledge was arrested Saturday afternoon after scuffling with police at
a cell phone store. Police said the phone was
stolen from a teenager about 11:55 p.m. Friday in the Cragin neighborhood on the
At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the phone resurfaced at a cell phone store in the
1700 block of West North Avenue in the Wicker Park neighborhood after Dion
Rutledge walked in with the phone to get it unlocked.
Store employees were able to recognize that the phone was stolen and alerted
the owner and police. Then the store started to get crowded. While
Rutledge lingered at the counter waiting to get the phone back, the father of
the teen who owned the phone arrived at the store, followed shortly by
Police questioned Rutledge until the arrival of the teen, who identified him
as his robber.
Meanwhile, Dion Rutledge's girlfriend, who said she was a lawyer, showed up
at the store and tried interfering with police. It's not clear if she
is actually a lawyer.
As police tried to make an arrest, Rutledge put his hands against the store
wall after police stood him up to begin a search. He then reached
his right hand across his body for what proved to be a gun that was in his
waistband below his white T-shirt. Officers spotted the move and quickly pulled
the gun out of his hand.
The arresting officer's partner held the gun while the other officer
struggled with the man, eventually using a choke-hold to bring him to the ground
and put him into custody.
The teen's father, the only other adult in the room with police, Rutledge and
his girlfriend because the store’s clerk had left the front when the commotion
started, also tried to help police, pointing to the gun when Rutledge moved
Police later said the gun was stolen. Rutledge's girlfriend was also
arrested and is expected to be charged with obstructing the investigation.
Dion Rutledge later gave up an accomplice, his brother, Delshun, who police
arrested at his home on Mango Avenue just after midnight Sunday morning,