North Side man committed armed robberies across the city and suburbs, officials say

Saul Esquivel (Skokie Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Rogers Park man is charged with committing a string of robberies in the city and suburbs, and police believe he may be responsible for many more holdups. Judge Anthony Calabrese detained Saul Esquivel, 18, as a safety threat in the suburban cases on Friday. Yesterday, Judge Susana Ortiz detained him as a safety threat for the city cases.

Skokie and Lincolnwood police arrested Esquivel on Tuesday afternoon when he ran from a stolen car, officials said. Investigators subsequently linked him to the robbery cases.

Chicago police said Esquivel was one of the people who robbed a store in the 4500 block of North Kedzie around 10 p.m. on Monday, May 13. Two men took money from the 26-year-old cashier at gunpoint, according to CPD. 

Less than 30 minutes later, two men tried to rob Subway, 3348 West Lawrence. But a security guard working at the store walked in while the robbery was in progress, scaring the gunmen away. Esquivel was one of those men, according to Chicago police.

He’s also accused of being one of the men who robbed Subway, 1958 West Peterson, around 9:46 p.m. on May 9.

Several other robberies were reported across the city around the times of the May 9 and May 13 holdups. All of them involved two armed men who targeted businesses, including a Subway restaurant on the same block as A&P Food and Liquor.

Skokie police said Esquivel tried to rob a 7-Eleven in the 7900 block of North Crawford around 12:35 a.m. on May 14, not long after the Subway was targeted. He didn’t get anything.

He is charged with four counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted armed robbery, two counts of possessing a stolen motor vehicle, burglary, aggravated fleeing, and other felonies.

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