Men get 10 years for ‘unmitigated crime spree’ across North Side that ended with fiery car crash

Marquise Green, left, and Marchello Hicks are seen with a video image from one of the robberies they pleaded guilty to committing. (Chicago Police Department, Provided)

CHICAGO — Two men have been handed 10-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to committing a string of robberies that ended with a fiery car crash on the North Side. Two other men continue to fight allegations that they were also part of the robbery team.

The judge who first heard about the allegations during a bond hearing characterized their work as “an unmitigated crime spree … robbery after robbery after robbery after robbery.”

Prosecutors said the group consistently used the same tactic during the December 11–12, 2022, spree: they boxed in someone who was sitting in a parked car, swarmed the victim with guns drawn, and took valuables. Three of the victims were warming up their cars as they prepared to go to work. Another had just parked when the crew spotted them.

Early on December 12, the crew robbed a 42-year-old man who was in his car in the 4300 block of North Leavitt. Four men pulled up in a silver sedan and robbed him of his phone and wallet at gunpoint.

Three men robbed a 20-year-old man at gunpoint in the 2400 block of West Berwyn in Lincoln Square moments later. The offenders rifled through the man’s car and then escaped in a silver vehicle. That crime was caught on video. Watch:

Minutes later, three armed men robbed a man who was unloading his vehicle in the 3100 block of West Leland. One of the robbers punched the victim in the face before the group fled in a silver sedan.

Four other robberies resulted in charges: two in quick succession in the 2100 block of North Claremont, one in the 410 block of North Wolcott, and another in the 1100 block of West 31st Street.

Several similar holdups occurred while the spree unfolded, but none resulted in criminal charges. Dozens of similar robberies were reported in the days before the men were arrested, but those were never prosecuted, either. 

Marquise Green, 22, pleaded guilty to all seven robberies and received ten years on each count, to be served concurrently, from Judge Tyria Walton. Marchello Hicks, 22, pleaded guilty to six robberies and received the same sentence from Walton. Hicks was never charged in the Leland case.

Both men will receive credit for time spent in jail and a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior.

The other two men accused of committing the robberies, Marcus Carter, 22, and Dashun McGraw, 20, are awaiting trial.

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