Lemont Siblings Charged with Armed Robberies in Chicago

Jaclyn Madera, 28, and Steven Madera, 36, were charged with using a fake gun to hold up immigrant women, police said.

Two Lemont siblings were charged with multiple counts of armed robbery after using a fake gun to hold up immigrant women in Chicago, police said.

Jaclyn Madera, 28, and Steven Madera, 36, were arrested around 7 p.m. Thursday in the 4600 block of South Mozart in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, Chicago Police News Affair Officer Robert Perez said.

Both face six counts of armed robbery with a firearm, Perez said. Jaclyn was issued a ticket for driving on a suspended license, while Steven faces additional charges of robbery, aggravated battery and possession of a replica firearm, according to police.

Steven is charged in five incidents and Jaclyn is charged in four incidents, Perez said.

The Chicago Tribune reports that at least one victim was injured in the alleged spree.

According to police reports, the siblings were driving a white minivan in the 2900 block of W. 46th Street when police observed "suspicious movement" and saw a handgun protruding from a paper bag.

The vehicle matched the description of one used in a string of armed robberies on the city's South and Southwest Sides, Perez said.

The Maderas were taken into custody and positively identified in a lineup, Perez said.

Steven was due in bond court Saturday, while Jaclyn's hearing was scheduled for Sunday. Bond information was not immediately available.


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