A downstate murder suspect is in custody following an armed robbery in Rogers Park: source

A downstate murder suspect was among five people who ran from a stolen car that was used in an armed robbery on the North Side yesterday evening, according to a law enforcement source. The crew was rounded up by a carjacking task force that utilized helicopters operated by Chicago police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

At around 8:44 p.m. on Thursday, at least two armed robbers confronted a 68-year-old man as he walked to his car in the 1500 block of West Fargo in Rogers Park, a CPD spokesperson said. The offenders displayed guns, demanded the man’s money, and took a gold chain from his neck.

They then fled in a black Honda Civic, according to Chicago police. CPD records show the car was stolen from the 4500 block of North Sheridan on Tuesday night. A series of armed robberies were reported across the North Side that evening, but it is not yet known if last night’s robbery has links to those crimes.

About 20 minutes later, a Chicago police license plate reader spotted the getaway car as it headed south on Lake Shore Drive near Belmont Harbor. The carjacking task force soon began tracking the vehicle from the air and on the ground.

The stolen Honda crashed in the Austin neighborhood around 11:15 p.m., and five men ran from the car. State police, county sheriff’s police, and Chicago police rounded them up and located two guns, one inside the Honda and another in a nearby alley, according to CPD radio transmissions.

CPD said charges are pending against one person in connection with the Rogers Park hold-up.

Among the men arrested was 18-year-old Kyle Escoe, who had a month-old murder warrant from Madison County, a source said. A second man being sought in connection with the murder, Omari Walker, 18, remains at-large.

CWBChicago will post a full update when charges are approved in the robbery.

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