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Pit Bull Stops Attempted Armed Robbery In Chicago, Authorities Say

Marshon Hannah allegedly tried to shoot the dog attacking him, but his gun misfired, police say.

By JB Nicholas

A high school senior in Chicago with an alleged penchant for guns and armed robbery had a tough weekend, after a friend of the man he allegedly tried to rob foiled the crime by loosening a pit bull on him.

It all started Friday night when Marshon Hannah, 18, gained access to a gated community in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood, armed with a Colt .38 caliber revolver, according to the Chicago Tribune. Inside, he approached a man and demanded his property, taking a set of keys from him, according to prosecutors.

The man’s friends were nearby, one of whom had a pet pitbull with him. That man loosened the dog, and ordered it to attack Hannah, which it did, the Tribune reports. 

Hannah tried to shoot the dog, pulling the trigger two or three times, prosecutors said. But the weapon misfired, and the dog began bitting Hannah.

Hannah ran, but the pitbull and the three men -- one of whom was now armed with a 2x4 -- pursued and caught him. According to the Tribune, the men held Hannah for police, and injured him in the process. None of the victims were hurt, and police recovered the gun Hannah allegedly threw away during the chase.

Hannah was on probation for a juvenile armed robbery conviction, and had also been previously arrested for illegally possessing a gun, prosecutors said.

Hannah run of hard luck wasn’t over yet. After being treated at a hospital for his injuries, police took him to court for a bail hearing, but the judge denied him bail, and he was remanded to the Cook County Jail -- still wearing blue hospital scrubs.

Hannah is scheduled to reappear in court on Friday.

[Photo: Chicago Police Department]

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