CHICAGO — The man Chicago police say committed five armed robberies in two days in West Ridge was supposed to be on electronic monitoring for a Class X felony gun charge, according to court records. A judge issued an escape warrant for Safaeldin Daheya, 22, when he failed to appear in court last week.
Now, he’s accused of robbing five men during two nighttime waves on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Last Halloween, Daheya was on parole after serving half of a nine-year sentence he received for three felonies, including attempted armed robbery and gun possession. That night, Chicago police allegedly found a loaded handgun in his car during a traffic stop. Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him to pay a $4,500 bail deposit to go home on electronic monitoring on November 1.
Charged with armed habitual criminal, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, he didn’t appear for a scheduled hearing on August 22, according to court records.
Now, Chicago police say he committed five robberies and sped away from cops who tried to pull him over while AWOL from electronic monitoring.
In each case, victims said a man arrived in a dark-colored SUV and robbed them at gunpoint on the street.
Between 11:23 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Daheya robbed a 23-year-old man in the 6200 block of North Talman, a 19-year-old man in the 6300 block of North Rockwell, and a 44-year-old man in the 6300 block of North California, CPD said in a press release.
He’s also accused of robbing a 37-year-old man in the 6300 block of North Campbell at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday and a 23-year-old man in the 6400 block of North Washtenaw at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday.
State troopers spotted a stolen RAV4 that Chicago police linked to the robberies after the last hold-up and launched a pursuit. They caught Daheya in the 3900 block of North Neva around 11:43 p.m., according to CPD.
He is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, Class X armed habitual criminal, aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing, manufacture-delivery of cocaine, and misdemeanor resisting.