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Two nabbed in string of Northwest Side armed robberies of garages

Police phoAlexander Vesey 35. Vesey Marcus Washingt34 were arrested charged late Friday night. Vesey was charged with 5 counts Robbery

Police photo of Alexander Vesey, 35. Vesey and Marcus Washington, 34, were arrested and charged late Friday night. Vesey was charged with 5 counts of Robbery / Armed with Firearm, 1 count Attempted Robbery / with Firearm, and 1 count Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm, all felonies. Washington was charged with 2 felony counts of Robbery / Armed with Firearm. Archived on Saturday, September 10, 2011. | Chicago Police Photo

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Updated: September 10, 2011 4:32PM

Two suspects have been arrested in the recent rash of armed robberies of Northwest Side garages, Chicago Police said Saturday.

Alexander Vesey, 35, of the 3100 block of West Washington Boulevard, was charged with five felony counts of robbery with a firearm, one count of attempted robbery with a firearm, and one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm; and Marcus Washington, 34, of the 5300 Block of West Van Buren Street, was charged with two felony counts of robbery with a firearm, police said.

Cook County Criminal Court Judge Jackie Portman Saturday ordered Vesey held on $400,000 bond, and Washington held on $300,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 15 for the pair.

In the robberies, Vesey and Washington would approach their victims in open garages or alleys and rob them at gunpoint, police said.

On Thursday around 10:55 a.m., the two had approached two male victims in a garage in the 4600 block of West Schubert, displayed a handgun, and robbed them of money and cell phones, according to police, but the victims were able to provide a physical description and license plate of the get-away vehicle.

Vesey and Washington were arrested later that day, police said, and Grand Central Area detectives found they matched the description of the subjects wanted in the string of armed robberies, and victims and witnesses subsequently positively identified them in a line-up, police said.

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