2 charged in connection with robberies involving bike-riding, rifle-wielding men in Rogers Park

David Hall, left, and Myles Martez (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — One week ago, Chicago police issued a community alert about rifle-wielding bicyclists who had committed six armed robberies in Rogers Park. Now, charges have been filed against two men in connection with one of those holdups, but CPD detectives believe they may be linked to the other five crimes, too.

While most of the robberies occurred on streets or in residential garages, one holdup occurred at 7-Eleven, 1404 West Pratt, around 9:30 a.m. on May 6. Unlike the other crimes, the 7-Eleven robbery was captured on clear video, which aided police in persuading prosecutors to press charges.

David Hall, 20, and Myles Martez, a 33-year-old on parole for two armed robberies, are now charged with the convenience store robbery. Prosecutors said Hall and Martez were “armed with an Uzi” when they took money and Newport cigarettes from the store’s 48-year-old cashier. 

They were identified through the store’s video footage, and the victim picked them out of photo line-ups, officials said.

The police arrested both men, who are neighbors, near their homes in the 6800 block of North Sheridan on charges of Class X armed robbery with a firearm.

Judge Antara Rivera denied the state’s detention petition for Hall. She put him on an ankle monitor instead.

But she ordered Martez jailed as a safety threat, pointing to his significant criminal background, which includes a pair of 13-year prison sentences he received in 2017 for armed robberies in the suburbs. He is still on parole for those cases.

Martez was also convicted of armed robbery in 2008. He received prison sentences for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2011 and possessing a controlled substance in 2014.

The other five robberies mentioned in CPD’s community alert are listed as “associated cases” in both men’s arrest reports. Those robberies, which neither Hall nor Martez are charged with, occurred:

  • in the 6500 block of North Bosworth at 1 p.m. on May 3
  • in the 6900 block of North Sheridan at 9:45 p.m. on May 6
  • in the 7000 block of North Sheridan at 1:42 p.m. on May 9
  • in the 1200 block of West Devon at 9:24 p.m. on May 12
  • in the 1100 block of West Farwell at 10:32 p.m. on May 15
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