Crime Briefs: Humboldt Park man charged with robbery, murder

Kristopher Pitts. Courtesy CPD.
Kristopher Pitts. Courtesy CPD.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] suburban man was killed after a robbery went wrong over the weekend.

Kevin O’Malley was enjoying an evening out in the city’s Lake View neighborhood on Saturday evening, friends said. However, the 25-year-old Palos Park resident’s evening, and his life, would be cut short by gunfire near the strip of nightlife spots at 942 W. Oakdale Ave., said authorities.

Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, police allege Kristopher Pitts robbed O’Malley of his cell phone and cash near that address. Immediately after the robbery, O’Malley reportedly chased after Pitts and once he caught up the two men started fighting each other on the street. While exchanging blows, Pitts used a small silver revolver to shoot O’Malley twice in the chest, alleged Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Cooper.

O’Malley died at the scene around 2:24 a.m. from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Kevin O'Malley, pictured on the left. Photo courtesy Facebook.
Kevin O’Malley, pictured on the left. Photo courtesy Facebook.

After the shooting, Pitts fled the scene, tossing the gun near a building in the 2900 block of North Sheffield, police allege. Police say they were able to use CTA surveillance video of Pitts scaling a nearby building and climbing onto the Wellington Brown Line platform to track him down. Once he was taken into custody, prosecutors allege Pitts was only wearing one blue shoe and had O’Malley’s cell phone in his pocket. As for Pitts’ missing shoe, police reportedly found it at the crime scene, prosecutors said.

Pitts, 22, of the 1100 block of North Central Park Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm. Court records show Pitts also has a pending felony case in Cook County for a 2014 aggravated assault of a police officer charge.

He was ordered held without bond on Sunday afternoon and at press time was expected to appear in court on Monday. No further details are available at this time.

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