Man went on robbery spree while on pretrial release and on federal parole for $141,000 bank heist: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Chicago man carjacked a driver and robbed two GameStop locations while on federal parole for a $141,000 bank robbery. And he allegedly did it less than 24 hours after being put on pretrial release for an aggravated assault charge.

Back in September 2018, Rigoberto Estremera dropped to his knees in prayer on a Roscoe Village restaurant patio, then walked into a nearby Chase Bank to pull off a daring robbery.

He handed the teller a note: “This is a stick-up. Please place $250,000 in my bag and walk it over to me. If I don’t make it out the doors, my family will proceed with yours.”

When the teller returned with $10,000 in the bag, Estremera was not happy.

“That is not what the f*cking note said,” he told the teller, according to an FBI agent’s complaint. “Give what I asked for or we’ll have a f***ing problem. $250,000.”

After getting an additional $20,000, he allegedly ordered the teller to “go into the vault.”

While waiting for the teller to return from the vault, Estremera struck up a conversation with another employee, telling them, “I’m not robbing you. I’m robbing J.P. Morgan. Tell J.P. Morgan Rigo did it.”

Eventually, according to the federal complaint, an employee returned from the vault with $111,000 stuffed into a garbage can and gave it to Estremera.

“Thank you, J.P. Morgan Chase!” Estremera reportedly exclaimed as he bolted from the bank.

About a year later, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a 46-month federal prison sentence. The judge also ordered him to pay Chase Bank $141,000 in restitution.

Rigoberto Estremera (Chicago Police Department)

Estremera, 43, hit a bump in the road to recovery on April 22 after he allegedly threatened to stab a Family Dollar employee who tried to stop him from stealing six candy bars in the 2700 block of West Division.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retail theft. Judge William Fahy released him the next day, April 23.

And on April 24, prosecutors say, Estremera entered the GameStop at 2506 West North Avenue, taking $120 cash and a “cartoon backpack” from the cashier. He allegedly “became angry,” indicated that he had a firearm, and ordered the clerk to hand over some PlayStation 5s before escaping.

The next day, he jumped into a man’s pickup truck in the 1300 block of West Monroe and “made a threatening gesture” when the victim tried to stop him from driving away, according to prosecutors. 

A few hours later, around 1:30 p.m., he allegedly robbed the GameStop at 1520 North Cicero. Prosecutors said he took cash and seven PlayStation 5 consoles while claiming he had a gun. Officials said he was seen putting the stolen merchandise into the truck he hijacked earlier that day.

Chicago cops later spotted the hijacked pickup in traffic and began following it from the air and on the ground, according to a CPD report.

Estremera eventually crashed and ran from the vehicle. Thanks to the police helicopter, the cops allegedly found him on a rooftop in the 700 block of North Drake. 

He is charged with vehicular hijacking, two counts of robbery, and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Judge Ankur Srivastava detained Estremera to await his trial on the new allegations.

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