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Wrong number — cops say man falsely reported phone robbery

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Chicago man was charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 4 after falsely reporting an armed robbery to Oak Lawn police, according to reports.

  Earl D. Chapman Jr., 24, flagged down a police officer on 95th Street near Kostner Avenue at 12:25 a.m. and said he was robbed at gun point by a man who took his cell phone and $75, police said.
  Chapman said he worked in Alsip and was given a ride by a co-worker to 95th Street and Kostner Avenue. As he walked east on 95th Street, he said he saw a black Honda four-door with three people inside drive past him on northbound Kostner Avenue.
  A moment later, Chapman said, he heard a man behind him ask, “What time is it?” He said he ignored the man and continued walking east on 95th Street. He said he then felt a tug on his jacket, turned around and saw a man holding a small, semi-auto handgun. He said the man searched his pockets and took the phone and cash before entering the Honda, which traveled east on 95th Street, Chapman told police.
  Police said Chapman did not seem shaken up. He refused a ride to the police station where he could arrange transportation home. Instead, he walked east on 95th Street. He subsequently called 911 three times to file a citizen complaint because he believed he was wronged by police, according to reports.
  He was detained by Evergreen Park police at 95th Street and Central Park Avenue. Oak Lawn police picked him up and asked how he called 911 if his phone was stolen. A search revealed that Chapman had two other cell phones.
  At the police station, Chapman insisted he was the victim of an armed robbery, but he was unable to provide a number for the stolen iPhone. He later recanted his story about the stolen phone, police said.
  Instead, he said, he saw a man smoking marijuana on 95th Street near Kostner Avenue and asked if he had more. Chapman gave the man money, but he got into the Honda and drove away. Chapman would not explain why he flagged down an officer to report an armed robbery that never occurred.