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Man, woman charged in 4 robberies

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A man and woman have been charged in a string of four recent robberies, including a holdup early Friday at a Sarpino’s restaurant in which the man allegedly implied he was carrying an explosive device.

Brian O’Connor, 31, and Sarah Doubek, 35, each face three felony counts of armed robbery, in addition to felony charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated attempted robbery, Chicago Police said Sunday morning.

About 2 a.m. Friday, O’Connor and Doubek ordered pizza and then sat down at a table in Sarpino’s in the 600 block of West Lake Street. Then they approached the counter, wearing scarves over their faces, and announced a robbery, police said.

Although he didn’t show a weapon, O’Connor implied he had an explosive device inside a duffel bag he was carrying, police said.

Doubek then took an unspecified amount of cash from the restaurant’s vault before she and O’Connor ran away, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.

Less than four hours earlier, a 7-Eleven was robbed at gunpoint in the 2300 block of West Lawrence Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. O’Connor and Doubek also are suspected in that robbery, at 10:25 p.m. Thurday, when a man showed a shotgun and a woman took cash, police said. No one was injured.

Police said O’Connor and Doubek also are suspected in two more robberies: one about about 9:30 p.m. on March 22 at a business in the 200 block of South Leavitt, and another about 8:15 p.m. on March 23 in the 2300 block of West Madison.

O’Connor and Doubek, both of the 2200 block of West Madison, were arrested Friday and were scheduled to appear in bond court on Sunday.



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