Man robbed 2 stores, burglarized a bar during one-night crime spree, prosecutors say

Jaylen Smith (Chicago Police Department, Zillow)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with going on a nighttime crime spree in January, burglarizing a bar in Lincoln Park, and robbing other businesses in other neighborhoods.

Jaylen Smith, 19, has been detained to await trial since appearing before Judge William Fahy this week.

The spree started around 3:15 a.m. on January 9 at Subway, 4759 West Fullerton. Officials said Smith jumped the counter and demanded the cashier’s phone and the restaurant’s cash.

Later, Smith used a rock to break the glass at McGee’s Tavern and Grille, 950 West Webster, around 4:45 a.m. on January 9, prosecutors said. He allegedly went inside with two accomplices, picked up a bag from a chair, and then fled upon seeing that there were other people inside the bar.

The two accomplices remain at large.

Finally, around 6:45 a.m., Smith allegedly jumped the counter at 7-Eleven, 6801 North Sheridan. Prosecutors said he took cash from the register, cigarettes, liquor, and the cashier’s phone.

Prosecutors charged him with two counts of robbery and one count of burglary.

Fahy, the judge, noted in his detention order that Smith was adjudicated delinquent for two violent crimes as a juvenile.

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