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Officer Bitten by Police Dog While Making Arrests in NW Side Robbery



    A robbery in the North Park neighborhood sparked a police chase and police-involved shooting on the northwest side Saturday. Residents and officials react to the incident. (Published Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013)

    Two men were charged in a robbery that left a woman shot and a Chicago police officer bitten by a police dog in the Albany Park neighborhood, officials said.

    Davontae Little, 18, of the 6600 block of South Wood Street, and David Ruiz, 20, of the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue were each charged with several counts of felony armed robbery with a firearm, armed discharge of a firearm  causing bodily harm and aggravated assault with a firearm to an officer.

    Both were reported held on $900,000 bond Sunday.

    A third person taken into custody during the incident was not charged.

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    A female officer, who was bitten by a police dog during the course of the men's arrests, was one of several canine unit officers responding to a report that a woman was robbed at gunpoint and shot around 3:45 a.m. in the 4500 block of North Christiana Avenue.

    Police said three offenders driving in a dark-colored SUV approached the woman, who was walking with three other people, and demanded her valuables.

    The offenders took a cell phone from an 18-year-old man and one of the offenders fired a handgun at the victim, striking her in the calf and grazing her neck.

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    The armed robbers fled the scene but were pulled over shortly after for a traffic stop in the 5300 block of North Kimball, according to authorities.

    Police said an officer driving home from his shift, heard a description of the vehicle being pulled over, recognized it as the vehicle wanted for the earlier robbery and called the news in to the officers.

    The officers then arrested two people in the vehicle’s back seat, but the third fled the scene, according to police spokesperson Pat Camden.

    Police chased the armed man through gangways before cornering him in the 5400 block of North Spaulding Avenue, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

    Police ordered the man to put down his weapon, Camden said, but when the man raised his gun, an officer shot him in the arm and took him into custody.

    At some point during the arrests, a female officer was attacked by a police canine, Mirabelli said, but the dog was not her canine.

    The female officer, the victim and the suspect were all taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for treatment.

    The officer was released from the hospital later Saturday morning and the robbery suspect and victim were both listed in good condition, Camden said.

    Camden noted that two of the suspects taken into custody were positively identified in the robbery but that one person may have just been in the car after the incident took place.

    Police said an investigation is ongoing.

    “What we have here is outstanding police work,” Camden said. “This is, collectively, the police department working the way it should.”