Chicago newcomer is charged with committing 5 more robberies in the Loop


CHICAGO — A man charged last month with committing a series of armed robberies in the Loop is now accused of committing even more holdups in the neighborhood, Chicago police said Wednesday.

Jorge Gonzales, 23, has only lived in Chicago for about six months, officials say. But he’s making quite a splash if the allegations against him are true.

Late last month, prosecutors said Gonzales and another man rode bikes from one robbery to another early on June 25 and ultimately carjacked a man. So far, Gonzales is the only person officials have charged.

The June 25 spree began around 2 a.m. in the 100 block of West Ida B. Wells. A CPD spokesperson said two victims, a 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were walking when the two robbers confronted them. The men displayed a gun, took the victims’ property, and fled north on Federal Street.

Officials said he and an accomplice committed more robberies the next night while riding a bike from crime to crime. They ultimately carjacked a 22-year-old as he sat in his vehicle in the 1100 block of South Wabash. The man told police two gunmen displayed a gun and forced him out of his gray Honda Civic.

Several hours later, police arrested Gonzales as he drove the hijacked vehicle on the Kennedy Expressway near Chicago Avenue, Chicago police said.

Now, CPD says Gonzales is being charged with more crimes.

On June 25, Gonzales and his accomplice tried to rob four people in the 100 block of North Michigan near Millennium Park. The victims, a 20-year-old man and women ages 19, 20, and 21, managed to escape without losing anything, according to CPD.

About an hour before the carjacking on June 26, he and an accomplice robbed a 30-year-old woman at gunpoint in the 1100 block of South Michigan, CPD said.

Gonzales is being held without bail.

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