15-year-old charged in Logan Square robbery spree

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy is charged with participating in two armed robberies in Logan Square over the weekend, Chicago police said. He is suspected of being part of a holdup crew that has targeted dozens of victims.

Chicago police arrested the boy in the 3400 block of West Fulton on Tuesday evening after he was caught driving one of two cars that had just been used to commit 15 armed robberies in Wicker Park, Bucktown, and West Town.

But he is not charged with any of those robberies.

Instead, police say he is one of the robbers who robbed two food delivery drivers in Logan Square on Saturday.

Chicago police said a 25-year-old food runner was robbed at gunpoint in the 1700 block of North Maplewood around 7:59 p.m. by three or four men who struck him in the face with a handgun and took his money and phone.

A couple of minutes later, a 24-year-old man was robbed while making a delivery in the 1700 block of North Rockwell. This time, six offenders exited two cars, a blue SUV and a silver sedan, to take his phone at gunpoint, police said.

He is charged with two counts of robbery while armed with a firearm and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.

Shortly before police arrested the boy on Tuesday, more than a dozen people were targeted by armed robbers who traveled in a stolen dark-colored sedan and a stolen silver SUV. At least one of those victims was also pistol-whipped.

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