CHICAGO — A Humboldt Park man was charged in a North Side robbery spree after two concerned citizens tackled him to the ground, police said.
Robert Williams, 49, of the 1000 block of North Kedzie Avenue, was charged with five counts of aggravated robbery and violating his probation.
Police said Williams was arrested around 3 p.m. Tuesday, just moments after he tried to rob a West Town Walgreens, 2440 W. North Ave. Williams had walked up to the cashier, implied he had a weapon and said he was robbing her.
The cashier, a 28-year-old woman, handed over cash. As William was leaving the store, two concerned citizens, who had seen what happened, tackled Williams and held him until officers arrived, police said.
Cops soon realized Williams was a suspect in at least four other North Side robberies. Victims positively identified Williams, police said, and he was charged accordingly.
The first robbery took place Sunday at a Lakeview gas station in the 2800 block of North Ashland Avenue. During each robbery, Williams implied he had a weapon.
William is slated to appear in bond court Friday.