Two Men Arrested for Armed Robberies on Northwest Side, Police Say

By DNAinfo Staff on July 8, 2013 5:14pm

 Emil Niemi (right) and Brian Lykins were connected to three robberies in June in Belmont Cragin and Montclare.
Emil Niemi (right) and Brian Lykins were connected to three robberies in June in Belmont Cragin and Montclare.
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Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Two men were arrested in connection with three June robberies on the Northwest Side after police recognized the duo during a traffic stop Friday night, police said.

Brian Lykins, 27, of University Park was charged with two felony counts of aggravated robbery, while Emil Niemi, 27, of the 3600 block of North Newcastle Avenue in Dunning was charged with one felony aggravated robbery count.

Both were arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Friday when officers spotted a car that matched the description of one used in three recent robberies driving eastbound in the 5400 block of West North Avenue.

Officers stopped the black Mazda and noticed the men inside matched the description of suspects who robbed a Dunkin Donuts at 5959 W. Diversey Ave. shortly before 11 p.m. June 20.

Both men were described as bald with one having a tattoo of horns on each side of his head.

A black T-shirt found inside the Mazda also matches the clothing one of the robbers wore during the Dunkin Donuts incident.

The officers matched the men up with surveillance footage from the June 20 robbery as well as two robberies of the same convenience store in the 2700 block of North Harlem Ave. in Montclare. Those robberies occurred at 9:20 p.m. June 27 and 1:30 a.m. June 17.

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