August 26, 2019

Bond denied for two Evanston men accused of armed robbery and carjacking

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Two Evanston men were ordered held without bond at the Skokie courthouse Tuesday and an arrest warrant was issued for a woman, all in connection with armed robberies and the kidnapping of a pizza delivery driver in Evanston earlier this month, authorities said.

Daniel Jones, 26, of the 1800 block of Hovland Court in Evanston, was charged Monday with felony attempted robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated battery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, authorities said.

Mario Rucker, 19, also of the 1800 block of Hovland Court in Evanston, was charged on Feb. 16 with felony attempted robbery and aggravated robbery, said authorities.

The men are being held in Cook County Jail.

During the bond hearing at the Skokie courthouse for Jones and Rucker on Tuesday, prosecutors also said an arrest warrant on charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated battery had been issued for 31-year-old Alexis King, also of Evanston.

Prosecutors said King allegedly directed Jones and Rucker to commit the crimes while also taking part in the robberies and kidnapping.

The attempted robbery occurred Feb. 6 at around 8:20 p.m. when Jones, Rucker and King allegedly approached a woman who was walking her dog in the 1600 block of Simpson Street in Evanston, and King told the two men to rob her, prosecutors said.

The woman became suspicious of the three, jumped into her vehicle and locked it, and Rucker tried to open one of the vehicle’s doors before the woman sped off, according to prosecutors.

Less than an hour later that day, the three saw a pizza delivery driver in the 2100 block of Foster Street. King allegedly once again told Jones and Rucker to rob him, said prosecutors. They said Jones pointed a gun at the delivery driver’s head before all three fled with $500, a wallet, cell phone and the driver’s debit card.

The driver was not injured, officials said.

On February 13, shortly before midnight, a pizza delivery driver trying to make a delivery in the 1700 block of Darrow Avenue was waved down by King, prosecutors said. The driver was forced into a building vestibule and allegedly robbed at gunpoint by Jones as King held the driver by the neck, according to prosecutors.

Jones, Rucker and King then allegedly forced the driver back into his vehicle with the intent of driving him to an ATM to withdraw cash, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, King was driving, but the three abandoned their plan, and the vehicle, and fled on foot after seeing a police vehicle.

Authorities said the pizza delivery driver was not injured, but $20 in cash, credit cards, identification, a wallet and pizzas were stolen.

Prosecutors said Rucker is not presently charged in that kidnapping and robbery.

Jones admitted to his part in the crimes and also implicated Rucker and King, prosecutors said.

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