Men accused of Logan Square purse thefts

  • Jose Juarez and Alexander Saucedo, Chicago Police Department handout.
Jose Juarez and Alexander Saucedo, Chicago Police Department handout.
November 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two Chicago men were arrested early Sunday morning after they allegedly drove around Logan Square in a black SUV, mugging pedestrians for their bags, county prosecutors said.

Jose Juarez, 23, of the 1600 block of South Allport Street, and Alexander Saucedo, of Berwyn, Ill. were accused of robbery and attempted robbery, first when Saucedo allegedly tried to pry a messenger bag from the hands of a 26-year-old man walking near 2450 W. Armitage St., and, after failing to get the bag, fled in the black SUV.

In the second incident, one of the men jumped from the SUV and grabbed the purse of a woman walking near 2750 W. Armitage St., according to court records.

Police tracked the men down using their license plate information, the police report said, and when they looked inside the car they found the woman's purse, which contained $500, several IDs, and her earrings resting on one of the passenger's seats. Saucedo was identified by the 26-year-old man, the police report said.

Saucedo and Juarez were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held on $250,000 bond.

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