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posted: 11/30/2012 10:21 AM

Two juveniles among those charged in Hoffman Estates armed robbery

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A Cook County judge this week set bail amounts ranging from $75,000 to $100,000 for four males charged with robbing two other men at gunpoint last September in Hoffman Estates.

Charged as adults with the class X felony of armed robbery are Erick Estrada, 15, of the 1100 block of Higgins Quarters Drive in Hoffman Estates, and Martin Jacobo, 15, of the 100 block of Classic Road in Schaumburg. Also facing charges are Jose J. Gonzales, 20, of the 600 block of Hill Drive in Hoffman Estates, and Tehron M. Sweet, 20, of the 200 block of Nauset Lane in Schaumburg.

The judge set bond at $100,000 each for Estrada and Jacobo and $75,000 for Gonzales. Sweet received no bond.

According to court records, the robbery occurred as the victims sat in a car in a parking lot in the 600 block of Bode Circle. Authorities say the defendants approached the two men, and Estrada pointed what the victims believed was a semiautomatic weapon at them which caused them to turn over a cellphone and about $3 in cash.

Authorities say the victims were at a Laundromat on Oct. 25 when one of them recognized Estrada and asked him to return the cellphone. Court records indicate Estrada reportedly threatened the victim saying "my boys will get you."

If convicted, the defendants could face six to 30 years in prison. They next appear in court on Dec. 21.

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