Wicker Park Shooting: Robbery Suspect Facing Multiple Charges
WICKER PARK — A robbery suspect who cops shot in Wicker Park early Wednesday has been slapped with nine armed robbery charges and 10 additional felony counts, police said.
Police said an officer shot Jesus Rosas, 23, after cops chased him from a robbery on the Near North Side to near the intersection of Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues in Wicker Park. There, Rosas tried to run over the officer with his car, police said.
"In fear for his life" the officer shot Rosas as he sped toward the cops, police said in a statement. After being shot, Rosas crashed into a parked car on Milwaukee. He was taken to Stroger Hospital for his injuries, authorities said.
The shooting occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
At a Wicker Park CAPS meeting Wednesday night, Shakespeare District Commander Francis "Frank" Valadez described the capture of Rosas as "good teamwork" on the part of detectives from three districts who came together to work on the arrest.
"We're happy that nobody got hurt," Valadez said.
Sgt. Joseph Giambrone added that the arrest was "the best possible outcome."
Rosas, of the 10300 block of South Muskegon Avenue in South Deering, was charged with nine counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault to a police officer with a motor vehicle and four counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said.
He was linked to a series of robberies at convenience stores, fast-food restaurants and drugstores, police said. He was suspected of robbing a Subway in the Loop Wednesday morning and a string of 11 businesses in the past two months.
Valadez indicated after the meeting that a 7-Eleven at 1658 N. Milwaukee Ave. had been among the convenience stores robbed by Rosas.
Brittany Stahl, 24, a clerk at the 7-Eleven said a robbery took place there on Feb. 13.
"I wasn't working, it happened on third shift. But the robber got $9 from the register and about $200 from the four people he robbed inside of here," Stahl said.
Rosas is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.