He was arrested on the Northwest Side after officers spotted him in a possibly stolen car and chased him for a mile, police said.
About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, officers in the 4800 block of West Fullerton Avenue saw a car matching the description of one used in at least three Northwest Side robbery attempts, said Perez.
The man drove off to try to evade capture, striking several other cars before he jumped from the vehicle in the 5800 block of West Fullerton, Perez said.
Officers chased him on foot and caught him nearby, Perez said.
The man is suspected of three robbery attempts -- only one successful -- at retail stores and an attack on a woman on a sidewalk. The three stores were a McDonald’s in the 4000 block of West Belmont Avenue, a CVS in the 3300 block of North Pulaski Road, and a Walgreens in the 4000 block of North Cicero Avenue, police said.
The Park Ridge man’s one-man crime spree started about 7 a.m. when he ordered a coffee at the McDonald's. When a staffer asked if he would like cream or sugar in it, he implied he had a gun in his jacket and said: “Just give me the money," according to a preliminary police report.
The staffer was shocked and began to approach her manager, but the assailant walked around the counter, grabbed her by the back of her sweater and again demanded money, the report said.
Other workers saw the commotion and began yelling at the man. He let her go and fled without cash.
Only minutes later -- at 7:12 a.m. -- he entered the CVS and tried to rob it, but was unsuccessful, so he ran outside where he pushed a woman in the chest and knocked her to the ground, the report said.
As they wrestled, he started to pull at her backpack but the robber became “startled” by a passerby and fled again in the car, the report said.
His fourth robbery try, police said, was at the Walgreens about 7:20 a.m. when he confronted a cashier who was trying to close a cash drawer.
When he reached over and grabbed money from the drawer, the cashier tried to pull the money from his hand. He ran behind the counter and began hitting her, pushed her into a wall and grabbed the money tray before running out of the store, police said.
Once brought into custody a short while later, officers recovered $223 from his pockets and $40 from a silver Chevrolet 2-door car he’d been driving. He was brought back to the victims, who identified him, according to the report.
Once he was examined at Resurrection Medical Center, authorities found he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, the report said.