Feds charge 3 men with liquor store robbery spree, including rapper ‘Hadiway Freaky’

A surveillance image shows three of the robbers. Inset from left, according to officials: The deceased man, Jordan Fox, Ardaries Harris, and Roosevelt Veal. (U.S. District Court records)

CHICAGO — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago has charged three men with committing a string of liquor store robberies in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Wicker Park on January 15. Federal officials said that a fourth member of the crew has died since the crimes.

Ardaries Harris, 26, Jordan Fox, 24, and Roosevelt Veal, 26, are each charged with Hobbs Act robbery and using a gun to commit a violent crime. Officials redacted the name of the fourth man and his cause of death in public court files.

In a federal complaint, an ATF agent said investigators used social media posts, phone location data, recorded jailhouse phone calls, and surveillance footage to identify the men.

The robbery spree began around 8:40 p.m. at Mr. P Beverage Depot, 2006 West Division. Four men entered the store and displayed guns. Two emptied the cash drawers while the others pointed firearms at the employees, according to the complaint. One of the robbers punched one of the employees in the face and took his backpack. Police later found the backpack and some of the man’s property inside the crew’s abandoned getaway car.

Investigators identified Harris in the video by matching his boots and a scar that remains on his hand from an old gunshot wound, the ATF agent said.

However, they also connected him to the crime through a phone call he received from a Cook County jail inmate, who called him “Freaky,” a nickname based on his rapping persona, “Hadiway Freaky,” according to the agent.

The police matched audio from the store’s surveillance footage to Veal’s voice in a video posted to his Instagram account. They determined that Veal was the robber who said, “Where the drop money at?”  “Don’t move,” “Where the f**k it’s at?” and “Open the drawer,” the agent claimed.

About 20 minutes after the first robbery, four masked robbers all pointed guns at a clerk at Before You Go Liquors, 1917 West Fullerton. They demanded cash from the register, and he complied. They also took his debit card and used it to withdraw $400 from the store’s ATM before fleeing, the agent said.

The day after the robberies, all four men displayed guns in this social media image. Officials said three of them, Jordan Fox, Roosevelt Veal, and the deceased member of the group, displayed large amounts of cash in another Instagram photo. (U.S. District Court records)

Then, about 20 minutes after the second robbery, the crew robbed Clybourn Market, 2807 North Clybourn, in a similar manner.

The very next day, according to the ATF agent, all four robbers posed for an Instagram photo that showed each of them pointing at least one gun toward the camera. A second Instagram photo posted the same day allegedly showed Harris, Fox, and the deceased man holding “what appears to be large amounts of cash,” the agent wrote.

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