Chicago IL Nov 17 2011 A 52-year-old Chicago man was charged for his role in last week’s fatal shooting of a security guard during a robbery at a Far South Side Aldi store, officials said.
Develt Bradford, of the 5200 block of South Damen Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the Nov. 10 holdup, which left 54-year-old Reginald Lanier dead and a 67-year-old woman wounded, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Bradford is also charged with two counts of armed robbery from an Oct. 28 hold up at another Aldi store on 47th Street and Ashland Avenue, Simonton said.
Nov. 10, two men walked into the store at about 7:30 p.m. that day at 9017 S. Halsted St. Chicago police have said one of the robbers shot Lanier in the head and torso, and the other approached the cashier.
The woman was shot in the leg during the holdup, authorities said. The suspects fled with an unspecified amount of cash.
Officials said the men were also believed to be responsible for another robbery of an Aldi store at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue on Oct. 28. No one was hurt during that holdup.
Bradford was connected to one of the two incidents through a fingerprint match, authorities said. He was also identified as a suspect in a photo array.
His co-conspirator, however, remains at large.
Bradford’s criminal background consists of a few drug arrests, according to Cook County court records, most notably a 1999 felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 15 months probation for that crime.
Bradford is due to appear for a bond hearing on thursday, said Simonton.