Tuesday, August 28, 2018

On house arrest, accused robber left home to commit ANOTHER robbery, prosecutors say

An electronic monitoring bracelet didn't stop Ayuub Ararsa from leaving his home to rob a teenager at gunpoint, prosecutors say. | CPD; Govtech
A Lincoln Square man who’s accused of robbing an Uptown boy at gunpoint this month was supposed to be on 24/7 house arrest while awaiting trial for another armed robbery last November. But Cook County's ankle monitor didn’t stop Ayuub Ararsa from leaving his home in the 2400 block of West Bryn Mawr to rob the boy with a friend, prosecutors said.

Rosario | CPD
Around 4 p.m. on August 17th, Ararsa and 18-year-old Sean Rosario robbed the boy of $130 cash and a pair of Beats headphones a few doors down from Ararsa’s home, police said.

“Give me everything you got,” Ararsa allegedly told the boy while taking the headphones from around the victim’s neck.

Rosario, with a handgun at his side, warned, “Don’t try to follow us. We’ll shoot you,” police said.

Police responded to the boy’s 911 call and immediately located Ararsa and Rosario in Ararsa’s backyard. Ararsa was arrested on the spot, his ankle monitor still attached to his right leg. Rosario ran from the yard but was arrested nearby. Police said they found the victim’s headphones in an alley close to Rosario and $250 in Rosario’s sock.

Each man is charged with one count of Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm. They were ordered held without bail by Judge David Navarro.

Back in November, Ararsa was arrested for allegedly robbing a man in the West Ridge neighborhood. He was charged with Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm; Class X felony armed robbery; two felony counts of burglary; two felony counts of aggravated unlawful restraint; and two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was initially ordered held without bail.

On January 3, though, Judge Mary Brosnahan agreed to set his bail at $100,000, which allowed Ararsa to go free after a $10,000 deposit was posted on his behalf.

A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, which operates the court's electronic monitoring system, did not respond to a request for comment.

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