Alleged ‘Machete man’ robber has his own name tattooed on his face and was charged with a wave of robberies in 2016, too

A Chicago man who has his own name tattooed on his face robbed at least four people while armed with a machete on the Northwest Side over the past week, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said Wednesday.

Andre Gonzalez | CPD

Andre Gonzalez, 35, was charged in 2016 with committing a string of armed robberies in the same neighborhood. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Brown said Gonzalez “went on a crime spree that lasted nine days” beginning May 27. Prosecutors have charged Gonzalez with robbing four victims so far, according to Brown. Detectives are still interviewing victims of at least five similar crimes and more charges may be filed.

Police said Gonzalez is being charged with robbing two women, ages 22 and 56, on the 4000 block of West Eddy on June 3; a 31-year-old woman on the 3000 block of North Haussen on June 4, and a 52-year-old man on the 3700 block of North Troy on June 5.

Cops arrested Gonzalez Monday evening near his home on the 10700 block of South Avenue C. Brown said Gonzalez used his girlfriend’s car to commit the crimes.

In February 2016, Gonzalez was charged with committing a series of robberies over the course of five days in the same Northwest Side neighborhood. In a community alert issued before his arrest that year, CPD linked six muggings to a man who threatened to beat victims if they did not surrender their valuables.

Prosecutors in 2016 charged him with three counts of robbery, aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated battery, and aggravated battery of a victim over the age of 60. The outcomes of those cases were not immediately available.

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