Honor Roll Students Charged With Viciously Attacking Bike Seller In Chicago

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Five students have been charged with violently attacking a man trying to sell a bike on Aug. 18 in Chicago, Illinois.

Patrick Moran, Carter Coates, Andrew Patterson and Michael Kralis, all of whom are 18 years old, are facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. A 17-year-old was also charged with armed robbery, but his name has not been released.

The trouble started when a 20-year-old man met with the teens to sell his bike for $500 on Tuesday in Wicker Park. The teens began hitting him with bats and sticks in addition to attacking him with pepper spay while they tried to steal the bike, police say.

Before the teens could get away, police came and arrested them. The bike seller only suffered minor injuries, but he was hospitalized, according to CBS Chicago.

Three of the teens were college-bound and several of them had outstanding academic records -- Coates had a 4.3 GPA, higher than an A-average, and is bound for California Polytechnic Institute on scholarship. Moran is an honors student bound for the University of Michigan.

Moran reportedly began to cry while in court.

“Yeah, I’d be crying if I were you, too," Judge Peggy Chiampas told him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "This is just a tragedy all around."

The teens are due back in court on Aug. 25, and their bonds will be set at that time. It is unknown if the case will have any impact on their college plans.

Sources: The Chicago Sun-TimesCBS Chicago

Photo Credit: CBS Chicago