Two men, including AWOL parolee, fired shots during armed robberies, Chicago police say

Esteban Ocampo (L) and Richard Vinet (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Two men, including a multi-convicted felon who has been missing from parole, are charged with firing a gun and robbing two men in West Town yesterday morning, according to Chicago police.

Esteban Ocampo, 31, and Richard Vinet, 47, will appear for detention hearings this afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Chicago cops followed pings from one of the victim’s phones to locate Ocampo and Vinet in River North shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The victims, ages 39 and 52, were walking in the 400 block of North Ogden when the robbers confronted them on the street around 1:20 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said. Both robbers displayed guns and demanded the victims’ property. The men complied.

At that point, the spokesperson said, one of the robbers fired a gun into the air before they both entered a silver SUV and drove away. No injuries or property damage were reported, police said.

Police found Vinet in the 500 block of North Franklin and Ocampo in the 400 block of North Wells, according to a CPD press release.

They are each charged with two counts of discharging a firearm during an armed robbery. Vinet, also charged with possessing a controlled substance, is listed as a parole absconder on the Illinois Department of Corrections website.

He was released on parole in June after serving about half of the two-year sentence he received for being a felon in possession of a firearm. His previous prison sentences include six years for armed habitual criminal in 2013, two years for aggravated battery of a peace officer or fireman in 2002, and six years for armed robbery in 1995.

CWBChicago will post a fully updated story after the men appear in court.

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