Man accused of going on armed robbery spree is sent home on an ankle monitor

Jacob Sickel (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say Chicago police caught a man this week less than 20 minutes after he completed his third armed robbery of the day, but a Cook County judge refused to keep him in jail.

Armed robbery sprees have plagued many Chicago neighborhoods over the past year or more, driving up the city’s robbery count by 23% last year.

Another spree was underway Monday morning. Each victim told police they were sitting in a vehicle when two men confronted them with a handgun, one wearing a black mask and the other wearing a white mask, prosecutors said.

Starting around 5 a.m., the robbers held a gun to a woman as she sat in her car in the 6300 block of South Mozart and demanded her valuables, according to prosecutors. A short time later, they robbed a man in the 6900 block of South Pulaski. Then, around 7 a.m., they robbed an iPad in the 3000 block of East 88th Street.

Within 20 minutes of the last robbery, CPD officers spotted a stolen Kia suspected of being used in the robberies. Its driver crashed in the 5500 block of South Wells as the cops tried to pull it over, officials said, and two men ran from the car.

The driver, who also brandished the gun during the robberies, got away. But the passenger, identified by prosecutors as 20-year-old Jacob Sickel of Brookfield, did not. Police said he had some of the second victim’s property when they caught him. In his arrest report, CPD offices described Sickel as a “self-admitted” member of the 12th Street Players gang in Berwyn.

Prosecutors explained the allegations to Judge Kelly McCarthy during a detention hearing this week and asked her to keep Sickel in jail as a public safety threat.

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