Chicago — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with committing three armed robberies during a January morning crime spree in Rogers Park and West Ridge, Chicago police said. Two other 17-year-old boys were previously charged with participating in the robberies.
In each holdup, two or three masked robbers confronted victims on sidewalks and took their valuables. Police arrested the teen on Friday in the 6600 block of North Ashland. He is now charged with taking part in three armed robberies on January 25:
- A 38-year-old man was robbed of his wallet, phone, and keys by two offenders in the 1900 block of West Farwell around 5:25 a.m.
- A 41-year-old man was robbed of his backpack in the 2400 block of West Morse at 6:10 a.m.
- A 27-year-old man was robbed at 7 a.m. in the 6300 block of North Artesian
Two other robberies were reported in the same area during the crime wave:
- A 49-year-old man was pistol-whipped, robbed, and carjacked of the Porsche he was standing next to in the 6600 block of North Maplewood at 6:45 a.m.
- At 7:15 a.m., a 52-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint in the 2900 block of West Fitch. He was standing next to his Jeep Cherokee when a white Porsche SUV pulled up, and two men got out with guns. One of the robbers went through his pockets for valuables, and they took his car.
One of the previously-charged teens is accused of participating in the Fitch carjacking and the Farwell robbery. The other is charged with the Maplewood robbery and being inside the hijacked Jeep when police located it.
Details about the teens are not available because they are juveniles.