Due to a traffic stop in Hometown on August 21st, a man and a woman, once referred to as “Bonnie and Clyde” by another publication, were charged with class X felonies for their daring robberies of two convenience stores in Oak Lawn.
Derrick Crayton, of Chicago, and Jamara White, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, were nabbed during a traffic stop in neighboring Hometown, after alluding the police since August 6th when the police alleged that they robbed the Thornton Gas Station at 91st and Cicero.
Crayton is accused of also showing a handgun and was charged with unlawful use of a weapon also. According to the witness, White is accused of jumping over the counter at Thorntons with a gun and demanding that the clerk open the register. The duo escaped with cash and cigarettes that they had allegedly grabbed during the robbery.
The second Oak Lawn armed robbery that the two are accused of committing occurred one day before their arrest in Hometown. According to the charges, White and Crayton entered the Shell at 106th Street and Cicero Avenue.
The police alleged that Crayton and White entering the gas station, ordered an employee to the ground while waiving a gun and made the other employee open and empty the register. Again, the two are accused of taking cash and cigarettes.
In both robberies, the assailants wore scarves to cover their faces making the identification more difficult for witnesses. In fact, the male suspect was described as “possibly Hispanic”. Both Crayton, 29 years old, and White, 21 years old, are black.
During the traffic stop, a gun was found by the Hometown police and White allegedly admitted the pistol was her gun.
Crayton and White face a minimum sentence of six years in prison if convicted a class X felony charge. White was also charged in a Skokie robbery but Crayton was not charged in that case. Both Crayton and White are now in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff with “no bond”.
The publication that cutely referred to the pair as “Bonnie and Clyde” after the first robbery has amended the headline and no mention of that term can be found with either defendant. The real Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were more successful robbing banks and convenience stores during the Great Depression. They were also more violent and were credited with killing at least nine police officers. The police ambushed the duo on May 23, 1934 and killed both assailants.