COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An Englewood man was held on $300,000 bond Friday after he was arrested for allegedly robbing eight separate cab drivers since November.
Prosecutors said Deshawn Rogers, 21, would tell cab drivers he had a gun and then rob the drivers of cash, cell phones, credit card information and other belongings.
About 12:40 p.m. on Dec. 30, Rogers and a friend had a cab driver take them to the 5500 block of West Gladys Avenue in Austin. When they reached the block, Rogers put what the driver believed to be a gun to his side and said "give me the money or I will shoot you," according to court records.
The driver handed over his cell phone and $100 cash before Rogers and his friend allegedly fled.
Two days later, on Jan. 1, police contacted Rogers over the phone and set up a meeting in West Englewood where the 21-year-old was arrested, according to police reports.
Rogers admitted to eight separate robberies, including the robbery on Dec. 30, and said he and a friend would "do cab robberies because they have no money," according to police records.
Rogers also told police he learned how to rob cab drivers "from a guy in Altgeld Gardens," a public housing development on the Far South Side.
Authorities said Rogers robbed the eight drivers between Nov. 6 and Dec. 30 and would usually request to be dropped off near Columbus Park in Austin or Garfield Park on the West Side before demanding the driver's money and possessions.
Police said Rogers admitted he was a self-admitted member of Brick Squad faction of the Gangster Disciples, and also stated he worked at a temp agency that proctors tests for Chicago Public Schools, according to police reports.
Rogers, of the 6900 block of S. Lowe Ave., was charged with eight felony counts of aggravated robbery.
Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Rogers held on $300,000 bond.