by Caroline Connors
An Evergreen Park man was arrested by Chicago police on Dec. 5 for a string of armed robberies on the city’s North Side.
Marcus Parker, 23, of the 9800 block of South Maplewood Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm and two felony counts of aggravated robbery, according to a news release from Chicago Police Department News Affairs. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a valid firearms owner identification (FOID) card and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card.
An alleged accomplice, Joel Shavers, 22, of the 10400 block of South Peoria Street, was also charged with three felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, police said.
According to the release, tactical officers patrolling the 19th District on Dec. 5 received a call around 7:20 p.m. for an armed robbery on the 2900 block of North Mildred Street. Police were given a description of the two offenders, who fled on foot toward Fullerton Avenue, the release said.
The officers went to an el station, boarded a stopped train and noticed two men who matched the description provided by the armed robbery victim. The officers arrested the men, and the victim positively identified them as the men who had robbed him, police said.
Police found a fully loaded handgun on Parker and recovered several items concealed from other armed robberies the men had allegedly committed during the past week. Those items included smart phones, credit cards and a compact digital music player, police said.
Parker and Shavers appeared in bond court Dec. 6.