Armed robbery suspect tried to rob man while under police surveillance: Chicago police report

CHICAGO — A man suspected of committing a string of robberies in Chicago and Franklin Park tried to rob another victim while undercover surveillance officers were watching him in West Rogers Park this week, officials said.

Kevin Hodges, 35, of Hammond, was arrested in the 2200 block of West Pratt on Tuesday evening, moments after he allegedly tried to rob a 60-year-old man at a nearby gas station.

Chicago detectives recently attached a GPS tracker to Hodges’ car after narrowing him down as a suspect in two other armed robberies, according to his CPD arrest report.

In one case, an armed robber took cash at gunpoint from a man at the BP gas station, 3159 West Chicago Avenue, on November 11. The crime was caught on video, the report said. The other robbery also occurred at a gas station: the Citgo at 2959 West Fulton around 8:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. This time, surveillance video showed a gunman taking money from two victims.

The GPS tracker on Hodges’ Chevy Malibu allegedly showed the vehicle was at a Burger King in Franklin Park when a gunman robbed two of the restaurant’s patrons on February 4. And, the report said, Hodges received a traffic citation from a Cook County sheriff’s police officer a few blocks from the restaurant shortly before the robbery.

CPD and Franklin Park cops began a physical surveillance operation.

Kevin Hodges (Chicago Police Department)

On Tuesday, Franklin Park police followed Hodges to a gas station in the 6800 block of North Western Avenue and saw him walk up to a 60-year-old man, the report said. The man went “running away in fear,” and the cops moved in.

According to Hodges’ arrest report, the man told the officers that a stranger displayed a gun and ordered him to hand over his wallet. The cops detained Hodges nearby. He was wearing the same clothing as the Burger King robber. Police said they found a plastic toy gun wrapped in tape next to his car.

So far, prosecutors have only charged Hodges with the attempted robbery of Tuesday’s victim, according to court records. Judge Kelly McCarthy detained Hodges at the state’s request.

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