70-year-old clerk battered during Wrigleyville liquor store robbery, police say

Corey Harris was charged with battering a 70-year-old employee of Addison Liquors (right). | CPD; Google

A 70-year-old liquor store employee was punched in the face and battered by a South Shore man who tried to steal a bottle of liquor, police said.

Corey Harris, 20, of the South Shore neighborhood, walked into Addison Liquors, 932 West Addison around 7 p.m. on Nov. 23rd and tried to take a bottle of Hennessey from behind the counter, the store’s clerk said. When the worker tried to prevent the theft by grabbing the bottle, Harris punched him in the face and went outside where the two continued to struggle until police arrived, officers said in an incident report.

At the police station, Harris resisted and threatened officers and spit in one policeman’s eye, prosecutors said.

Harris is charged with felony robbery of a victim over the age of 60, battery, four counts of resisting police, and two counts of assault. Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $30,000, which was quickly posted by a friend of Harris’, according to court records.

Overall, the Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods recorded eleven robberies last month, down from 15 during the same month last year and among the lowest number recorded in any November since 2001.
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