Armed robbers advised their victim to ‘Get the f*** out of Chicago,’ prosecutors say

Araceli Brito and Joseph Tadla (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A woman who showed up to sell her phone to a buyer she met through Facebook Marketplace received a rude welcome: the buyer’s accomplice pulled out a gun, took her phone, and ordered her to “Get the f*** out of Chicago.”

That’s the story prosecutors told Judge Susana Ortiz during a detention hearing for the accused robbers, 24-year-old Joseph Tadla and 21-year-old Araceli Brito, both of suburban Worth.

Brito arranged to buy the 25-year-old woman’s Motorola razr+ for $300 and agreed to complete the sale in the 5300 block of South Kilborn on the evening of February 1, prosecutors said.

Brito and Tadla were waiting when they arrived. As Brito discussed the terms of the sale with the woman, Tadla allegedly pulled out a gun.

“Get the f*** out of Chicago,” he scowled before taking the razr+ and fleeing on foot, according to prosecutors.

The victim notified Chicago police and sent a Facebook photo of Brito to detectives. Investigators knew Tadla to be an “associate” of Brito, so they included both pictures in photo line-ups. Prosecutor said the victim looked over the pictures and identified both as the robbers.

Brito was allegedly holding the victim’s razr+ when cops arrested her and Tadla during a traffic stop last week.

Cops allegedly found five baggies and five vials containing suspected crack cocaine and six baggies containing suspected heroin in their vehicle.

Judge Ortiz denied the state’s detention request and released Tadla and Brito on electronic monitoring.

They are each charged with armed robbery with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Tadla was also cited for possession of a replica firearm, according to CPD.

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