A Chicago teen allegedly used photos of his ex-girlfriend as bait to lure a man into an alley on the promise of sex — and then fatally robbed him, prosecutors allege.
Keon Rodgers, 19, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the January 2020 slaying of Devondrey Cummings, 26, whom authorities say was catfished, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Cook County prosecutors said at a bail hearing Sunday that Rodgers, then 18, enticed Cummings to meet him at South Michigan Avenue for a sexual encounter by setting up an online profile using photos of the mother of his 9-month-old child.
Instead, Rodgers — and two other teen accomplices — allegedly shot and killed Cummings during the planned robbery. Investigators recovered seven shell casings from the scene.
Police said in a statement that Rodgers was arrested after being identified as the gunman in the attack.
Two of Rodgers’ alleged accomplices, a 16- and 17-year-old, are still being sought in the slaying, the Tribune reported.
A witness recognized one of the three suspects, leading authorities to search Rodgers’ Facebook profile, where they discovered photos of him and one of his purported partners posing with guns on the day of the fatal robbery on Jan. 2, 2020.
Several surveillance cameras also captured three suspects escaping on foot after Cummings was gunned down – and all three were later found wearing the same clothing as seen on the footage, prosecutors said.
The suspects also posed with a handgun believed to be the murder weapon, the Tribune reported.
A search warrant executed on Cummings’ phone also led to the discovery of a social media exchange where he agreed to go to the location to meet a woman using the name “Yari T,” according to the report.
Just two days earlier, Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend gave him the photos and her email address used to dupe Cummings, prosecutors said.
However, it was unclear Monday whether the ex was was involved in the alleged plot.
Rodgers claimed following his arrest that he acted as a lookout in the slaying, insisting one of the younger teens opened fire on Cummings, killing him.
A judge set bail on Sunday for him at $1 million cash and blasted the catfishing allegations as “despicable,” the Tribune reported.
“If this is true, the amount of energy that went into this, to rob somebody and ultimately kill them, is utterly outrageous,” Judge John F. Lyke Jr. said. “To lure some unsuspecting victim … is despicable.”
It’s unclear if Rodgers, who was expected to return to court Monday, had hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf.