Shopper robbed on Black Friday

It was a bad day for an early-morn­ing Black Fri­day shop­per at  Frank­lin Mills mall but it could have been worse.

The 26-year-old North­east man was leav­ing the mall, which opened at mid­night, with his pur­chases at 3:05 a.m. when a green van pulled along­side him. Two men in­side the middle of the van sim­u­lated that they were armed with hand­guns, po­lice said, and de­man­ded money.

In­stead, the vic­tim threw his shop­ping bags at them and the car sped away.

The de­scrip­tion of the vehicle was broad­cast on po­lice ra­dio and 15th Po­lice Dis­trict patrol of­ficers stopped the van on the 5700 block of Le­onard St. about 20 minutes later and ar­res­ted Siville Leach, 25, of the 6700 block of Le­ban­on Ave.

Po­lice said Leach, also known as Seville Fer­guson, was charged with rob­bery, theft, simple as­sault, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses. He is be­ing held at the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. An ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for Dec. 13 in the Crim­in­al Justice Cen­ter, 13th and Fil­bert streets. No oth­er people in­volved in the hol­dup at­tempt have been found. ••

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