CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police introduced fees towards a person accused in a collection of armed robberies involving a person wielding a machete.
Convicted felon Andre Gonzales, 35, has been charged with 4 counts of armed theft, in keeping with Superintendent David Brown.
Police stated he was taken into custody throughout a visitors cease close to his dwelling within the 10000-block of South Avenue C, Brown stated, including that he would allegedly drive to the opposite facet of the town to commit these crimes.
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He appeared in court docket Wednesday and ordered held with out bond. Investigators say Gonzalez would strategy victims and threaten them with a machete earlier than taking their belongings. The assistant state’s legal professional stated within the bond listening to that in a single case Gonzalez robbed a girl of her purse and later dumped it after taking money and bank cards.
“Information present that a few of the sufferer’s bank cards have been utilized 4 instances after this incident,” Prepare dinner County ASA Sean Kelly stated.
A father of 4, Gonzalez has 5 earlier felony convictions and probably faces extra armed theft fees.
“The offender is suspected of committing seven different armed robber incidents involving a machete as a weapon, that are nonetheless below investigation,” Kelly stated.
Gonzalez can be due in court docket Friday in Maywood on an unrelated id theft cost.
One of many incidents Gonzalez is alleged to be concerned in, from Friday night time in Avondale, was caught on safety digital camera. The video reveals a person in a silver automotive pulling over within the 3300-block of North Monticello. He will get out when a girl walks down the road, approaches her demanding her property which she seems to offer to him, after which drives off.
Information of the theft unfold quick by the neighborhood, prompting Chris Griffith to verify his Nest digital camera.
“I used to be simply seeking to see if there have been any automobiles taking place the road and was shocked to seek out out that it occurred proper on our steps,” he stated.
The robber is linked to a minimum of eight incidents, Chicago police stated.
One sufferer, who requested to stay nameless, stated he encountered the suspect on the night time of Memorial Day within the 2800-block of North Francisco Avenue. He stated a person in a darkish hoodie charged at him with a machete after which stood over him as he fell.
“I felt wind from a machete swing on my face. He stated, ‘I will chop you into items. I will kill you. Give me your money. Give me your pockets, or I will kill you. Like, give me all of your cash,'” the sufferer recalled.
He stated he did not have his pockets and pleaded together with his attacker, who patted him down, took his cellphone after which fled in a silver or grey sedan.
“It was nuts. It was scary,” he stated. “I assumed I used to be going to die for positive.”
Sunday night time a 52-year-old man strolling on the sidewalk within the 3700-block of North Troy Road at about 9 p.m., police stated.
The sufferer’s spouse, who requested to not be recognized, stated her husband was on his method dwelling and carrying a field of pizza when the suspect approached and demanded his property.
She stated her husband first thought he may overpower the suspect, who he described as having a small construct, till he noticed the large knife.
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The suspect tried to strike the sufferer with the machete, which prompted the sufferer to fall to the bottom, police stated.
She stated her husband ducked the suspect’s swing and fell.
“When he fell, the man tried once more with the machete, and he dropped the pockets as a result of the man stated, ‘gimme your cash, gimme your cash, gimme your cash,'” she stated.The sufferer then threw his pockets into the road to distract the suspect and ran from the scene, police stated.
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