Police Charge Man in Craigslist Robbery Incidents

Police allege the man would lure victims with Craiglist ads and then rob them.

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    Police charged Andrew Jones, of the 8100 block of South Merrill Avenue, with aggravated battery and armed robbery.

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection to  recent robberies in the South Side Wentworth District of people who were responding to ads posted on Craigslist.

    Police charged Andrew Jones, of the 8100 block of South Merrill Avenue, with aggravated battery and armed robbery, according to a press release from Chicago Police News Affairs.

    Jones allegedly solicited his victims through ads on Craiglist and arranged a meeting at a specified location, the release stated. Police allege Jones then confronted vitims with a handgun and took their property, car keys and vehicles during each meeting. In one incident, the offender shot the victim. At least two such robberies took place in the 400 block of East 49th Street -- one on Monday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 p.m. and another on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9:45 p.m., police said.

    Area Central Detectives issued a community alert earlier in the week to increase awareness of the incidents.

    In these incidents, officers in the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in concert with the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, located Jones in the 8100 block of South Merrill on Friday afternoon and took him into custody.

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