Another man charged with being part of bike-riding robbery crew in the Loop

Chicago police have announced another arrest in connection with a string of armed robberies in the Loop by people who travel on bicycles.

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Servontis Hodge, 19, will appear in felony bond court this afternoon on allegations that he participated in two holdups downtown on Friday, according to a CPD media statement.
                                     
He is accused of robbing a 45-year-old man at gunpoint near State and Randolph around 1:05 a.m. and then robbing a 34-year-old man near Daley Plaza about 40 minutes later, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged with the Daley Plaza robbery yesterday.

Prosecutors are expected to reveal more details about exactly what they think happened during Hodge’s bail hearing. CWBChicago will post a full update after he appears. He’s charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Police issued a community alert on Saturday linking the two robberies with 13 similar holdups reported in the Loop since June 19. The robbers traveled on Divvy bikes most of the time, according to the alert.

In addition to Friday’s robberies, additional cases were reported on:

June 19
100 block of South State at 2:30 a.m.

June 25
400 block of South LaSalle at 1:50 a.m
first block of North Michigan at 2:04 a.m
first block of West Congress at 2:16 a.m
100 block of North Dearborn at 2:40 a.m
first block of East Madison at 3:00 a.m
first block of South Wells at 4:22 a.m

June 26
600 block of South Plymouth at 5:20 a.m
600 block of South State at 5:30 a.m
first block of South Michigan at 5:35 a.m
1100 block of South Michigan at 5:50 a.m
1100 block of South Michigan at 6:00 a.m
1100 block of South Wabash at 6:50 a.m a.m

Police said two to four offenders commit each robbery. They said the group consists of Black and Hispanic males between 15 and 25 years old who wear dark hoodies and ski masks.

Prosecutors have charged one man in connection with the June 25 crimes.

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