Teen Charged With Murder in Attempted LSD Robbery That Led to Fatal Crash

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the attempted robbery on Lake Shore Drive that ultimately led to a woman's death.

Semaj Waters was charged with attempted armed robbery, mob action and felony murder in the death of 32-year-old Pamela Johnson, who was fatally hit by a car while trying to run for help during the attempted robbery on Lake Shore Drive over the weekend.   

No others had been charged as of Friday afternoon, but authorities said an investigation remains ongoing.

Multiple people believed to be involved in the attempted robbery turned themselves in to police for questioning earlier this week. 

Police said Johnson and a man were walking near 600 Lake Shore Drive in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood just before 2 a.m. Sunday when a group of men displayed a gun and tried to rob them. The couple was chased onto Lake Shore Drive as they ran for help, but both were hit by a pickup truck in the southbound lanes of the roadway.

Johnson was killed and her 43-year-old boyfriend was hospitalized.

The suspects were described as being between the ages of 18 and 25.

Surveillance photos were released Monday and more photos released Tuesday. Several young men started turning themselves in after relatives spotted them in the photos.

Police said the attack may have involved up to eight men.

“We’re asking parents to step up and they’re stepping up,” community activist Andrew Holmes said. “Everybody has to come together to be on the same page. Everything must stop in this city and if we don’t put our foot down and help them, it’ll keep going on like a revolving door.”

Anyone who recognizes the suspects in the photos is being asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380. Those looking to make anonymous tips can also call (800) 883-5587.

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