Police are questioning a suspect in connection with this month’s violent wave of North Side armed robberies: source

Chicago police have detained a 19-year-old man for questioning in connection with a series of armed robberies that has stunned the North Side this month, including the vicious robbery and shooting of 23-year-old Dakotah Earley in Lincoln Park, according to law enforcement sources.

Investigators caught a break in the robbery cases when cops found a link between the hold-ups and a shooting near Millennium Park on Tuesday evening. A source called the link “definitive.”

Bringing charges in some robberies is anticipated, but the sources earlier this week cautioned that compiling everything necessary to win a prosecutor’s approval for charges in Earley’s shooting may take time.

Police have recorded as many as 20 armed robberies with similar characteristics between Lincoln Park and Rogers Park since the nighttime crime sprees began on May 3. In nearly all cases, victims reported that robbers wearing ski masks confronted them at gunpoint as they were walking.

One robber fired shots at a man who ran away while they tried to rob him on the 2600 block of North Bosworth, according to an internal CPD report. Two days later, an armed robber ambushed Earley as he walked near the intersection of Webster and Wayne in Lincoln Park. A horrifying surveillance video showed a gunman shooting Earley three times at close range while demanding his phone password.

Doctors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center removed part of Earley’s leg due to complications from the shooting, according to his family’s frequent updates on GoFundMe. But, the family said, he is no longer on life support and surgeons also successfully removed a bullet that was lodged in his jaw.

They said he remained in good spirits.

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