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Man charged in series of North Side robberies

Robert E. Williams  | Chicago police photo

Robert E. Williams | Chicago police photo

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A 49-year-old Chicago man suspected of multiple North Side robberies was arrested Tuesday afternoon, minutes after he allegedly robbed a Walgreen store in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

Robert E. Williams announced a robbery and implied that he had a weapon after entering the store in the 2400 block of West North Avenue about 3:08 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Chicago Police News Affairs office.

The cashier, a 28-year-old woman, handed over cash, and Williams left the store and tried to run away, the news release said. Two witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived.

Williams is suspected in a series of similar North Side robberies, beginning with a gas station Sunday in the 2800 block of North Ashland Avenue, police said.

After he was positively identified by victims in several of the robberies, Williams, of the 1000 block of North Kedzie Avenue, was charged with five counts of aggravated robbery and one count of violating his probation, according to the release said.

Williams, who also was charged with one count of violating his probation, was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, police said.

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