9-time felon on pretrial release committed 2 armed robberies, had 2 guns: prosecutors

Octavious Crockett (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A nine-time convicted felon is accused of violently robbing two women at gunpoint while on pretrial release for a felony drug charge.

Octavious Crockett, 31, has been awaiting trial on two counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute since March 7. That’s when Chicago police said they saw him yelling “blows, blows!” a common solicitation for heroin sales, in the 800 block of North St. Louis. The cops allegedly found 24 baggies of suspected heroin in his waistband. Judge Susana Ortiz released him from custody the next day.

Now, prosecutors say Crockett robbed two women within 15 minutes on the afternoon of April 25, with both holdups recorded by surveillance cameras. In both cases, Crockett exited a recently hijacked Nissan sedan to confront the victims in alleys, officials said.

In one case, he allegedly threatened to kill and pistol-whipped a 46-year-old woman in the 3300 block of South Leavitt. Prosecutors said he took the woman’s bag. Minutes later, he allegedly robbed a 30-year-old woman behind the 1900 block of West 38th Street.

Cops spotted the Nissan in traffic near 24th Street and Western Avenue a few minutes later. They claim Crockett bailed out of the car after it crashed into a fence. Inside the vehicle, investigators found two firearms, a bundle of cash, and “multiple” sets of keys, a CPD report said.

Crockett is not charged with carjacked the Nissan, which was taken in Cicero.

Judge Ankur Srivastava detained Crockett at the state’s request. The judge pointed to Crockett’s nine previous felony convictions and the fact that he was on felony pretrial release at the time of the robberies as two reasons Crockett needed to be kept in jail.

He is charged with two counts of Class X armed habitual criminal and two counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

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