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Arkansas Man Robbed And Fatally Shot While Asking For Directions In Chicago

By / 10.18.13

And the 389th thing you can’t do in Chicago is stop and ask for directions because bang! You’re dead.

Police say Robert Franklin, 55, and a friend, were on their way to visit relatives in Chicago’s South Side early Wednesday when the Arkansas man was fatally shot after stopping and asking for directions.

Per Chicago Tribune:

The two flagged down a man they saw on a street and let him in the car when he offered to direct them to where they were headed, sources said.

At some point, the man pulled out a gun and announced a robbery as Franklin sat in the passenger seat and his friend drove, the sources said. One of the victims handed over $400 in cash to the robber, the sources said.

The robber then opened fire, striking Franklin twice in the back and twice on the right side of his body, the sources said.

The friend told police he drove Franklin to Stroger Hospital on the Near West Side at about 3:45 a.m., and Franklin was pronounced dead at 4:06 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ahh, I don’t want to be that person but something in the milk definitely isn’t clean. But if the story pans out, that must be one lucky “friend.”

Photo: Chicago Tribune


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