EPD charges two men in connection with three robberies

Amelia Langas, Copy Chief

Evanston Police Department charged two men on Feb.16 and Feb. 19 in connection with three robberies from early February.

Nineteen-year-old Mario Rucker and 26-year-old Daniel Jones, both Evanston residents, were charged separately in connection with one attempted robbery and two armed robberies that occurred earlier this month, EPD said in a Tuesday news release.

The attempted robbery took place Feb. 6 in the 1600 block of Simpson Street when the two men attempted to enter a vehicle, the release said. The driver fled in the vehicle.

The first armed robbery also took place on Feb. 6. A pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint in the 2100 block of Foster Street, and the pizza delivery driver’s cellphone, wallet and $500 were taken, according to the release.

The second armed robbery occurred on Feb. 13 in the 1800 block of Darrow Street. The men robbed another pizza delivery driver, taking $20, credit cards, miscellaneous IDs, the victim’s wallet and pizzas, EPD said in the release.

Rucker was not charged in connection with the third incident, but was charged with attempted robbery and aggravated robbery, according to the release. Jones was charged with attempted robbery, two counts of armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping (handgun), aggravated kidnapping (concealed), aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

EPD is still looking for a third person in connection with these incidents, according to the release.

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