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Four charged in South Side robberies after traffic stop

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Updated: June 21, 2012 8:49AM

A traffic stop early Tuesday lead to four men being charged in several South Side robberies.

Police pulled a gray Chrevrolet over about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after the driver ran a red light and saw a rear passenger throw a handgun behind him into the third row of seats, according to a press release from the Chicago police department.

Officers found the gun and discovered the vehicle had been stolen in carjacking, the release said. They also found cash, cell phones and identification cards in the vehicle.

Several victims were also able to identify the alleged robbers, according to the release.

The robberies happened in the hours just before the traffic stop in the 1100 block of East 80th Street, the 7200 block of St. Lawrence Avenue and the 8000 block of South Rhodes Avenue, the release said.

The men charged were:

Richard Johnson, 28, of the 8600 block of South Elizabeth Street, charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm and several traffic violations, including disobeying a red light;

Glen Williams, 22, of the 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon;

Jamal Preacely, 22, of the 1400 block of East 55th Place, charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm; and

Kendrick Martin, 24, of the 3600 block of West Franklin Boulevard, charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm.

The four men appeared in bond court Wednesday. Johnson and Williams were ordered held on $500,000 a bond each, Preacely was ordered held on $375,000, and Martin was ordered held on $250,000.

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