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Former NBA Guard Bobby Simmons forgets robbery events during Chicago “Super Gang” trial

September 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former NBA Guard Bobby Simmons forgets robbery events during Chicago “Super Gang” trial

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Former NBA player Bobby Simmons takes the stand in Chicago gang trial in Chicago gang trial

Former NBA guard Bobby Simmons once detailed to a federal grand jury how a member of Chicago’s Super gang once held him up at gunpoint back in 2006.

However, the former journeyman NBA small forward seemed to have had amnesia after he was called as a witness on Thursday in the racketeering trial of six reputed leaders of the infamous Hobos street gang.

“It’s kinda hard; I can’t remember everything that happened. It was so long ago,” Bobby Simmons said on the stand when he was asked to recount the events surrounding the armed robbery by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Storino.

As a result, defense attorneys requested the weekend to assess what to do with Simmons as a witness.

A clearly perturbed U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp warned Simmons he would be held in contempt if he didn’t return to court on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The judge also warned Patrick Blegen, the attorney for Paris “Poleroski” Poe, that Simmons’ testimony or lack of thereof, was “terrible for the defense” — because he seemed frightened to say anything.

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Bobby Simmons failed on the stand to recall the night Paris Poe (above) robbed him at gunpoint of his $200,000 necklace in 2006

Storino explained how it took a sustained effort by the FBI to serve a subpoena to Simmons.

Poe watched the former NBA player take the stand from a defense table as he leaned back in his chair and took a sip of water, while Tharp called a sidebar to speak to the attorneys in the courtroom about Simmons’ testimony.

To avoid reporters, Simmons waited more than an hour to leave the Dirksen Federal Courthouse before finally sprinting out the door.

At the time of the alleged robbery, Simmons played for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Federal investigators say Simons had a $200,000 white gold and diamond necklace stolen by Poe outside of a Chicago nightclub.

Agents said Poe even fired shots at the former DePaul University forward during an ensuing car chase.

Simmons and several others pursued Poe, who fled in a vehicle driven by fellow Hobo gang member Arnold “Armstrong” Council while firing several shots at Simmons’ car before the vehicle he was riding in crashed.

Gregory Chester, 36; Gabriel Bush, 34; William Ford, 33; Byron Brown, 28; Paris Poe, 33; and Gary Chester, 35, are four of the Hobos gang members on trial in Chicago

Hobos gang members on trial include Gregory Chester, 36; Gabriel Bush, 34; William Ford, 33; Byron Brown, 28; Paris Poe, 33; and Gary Chester, 35

Feds say Poe jumped out and fled the scene on foot, but Simmons held Council until cops arrived.

However, once Simmons was under oath, he seemed to have forgotten the seemingly memorable night.

Simmons failed to remember the price he paid for the necklace or what kind of vehicle he was in the night he pursued the suspects who robbed him and even failed to recall his grand jury testimony about the robbery.

Previously, the D.A. said Simmons showed reluctance to testify against the Hobos.

Prosecutors said after he “heard word on the streets” that both Poe and Council were extremely dangerous, he feared for his life and became apprehensive about identifying Poe and Council to authorities.

Federal law enforcement officials described the gang as a “conglomerate” and “an all-star team of the worst of the worst” of Chicago’s street gangs who have been linked to at least nine murders.

Prosecutors accused Poe of allegedly executing two cooperating witnesses who provided information on the Hobos to federal and local investigators.

Bobby Simmons also reportedly received “mysterious phone calls” from unidentified people questioning him about the case.

Simmons was ordered to appear in court again after failing to remember the night he was robbed by Poe

Bobby Simmons was ordered to appear in court again after failing to remember the night he was robbed by Hobo gang member Paris Poe in Chicago

Prosecutors say that once authorities arrested Poe and Council on separate charges, Simmons finally agreed to cooperate with the D.A. against the two reputed gang members.

However, once Simmons was under oath, he seemed to have forgotten the seemingly memorable night.

Simmons failed to remember the price he paid for the necklace or what kind of vehicle he was in to pursue the suspects who robbed him and even failed to recall his grand jury testimony about the robbery.

Prosecutors say once authorities arrested Poe and Council, Simmons finally agreed to cooperate with the D.A. against the two reputed gang members.

Both suspects would eventually plead guilty in the robbery case. Simmons never had his necklace returned.

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