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Four charged in Waukegan armed robbery spree

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Four people have been charged in connection with several robberies in the last two months in north suburban Waukegan.

An attempted carjacking was reported Tuesday at Washington and Jackson streets and an undercover Strike Force Unit officer responded, according to a statement from Waukegan police.

The officer was approached by 18-year-old Tijuan Tyrone, who attempted to engage her, police said. Other officers converged and Tyrone was arrested.

Tyrone, who was armed with a BB gun, was identified as the suspect in the attempted carjacking, police said. He was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of vehicular hijacking, and remains held at the Lake County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

After Tyrone’s arrest, investigators were able to identify three other suspects in the armed robbery ring.

Christopher Easley Jr., 21, of the 1000 block of Lincoln Street in North Chicago, was charged with five counts of aggravated robbery; three counts of kidnapping; three counts of vehicular hijacking; and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, police said. He was ordered held at the jail on a $1 million bond.

A 13-year-old North Chicago boy and a 15-year-old Waukegan boy are also facing several charges, police said. Both have been remanded into the custody of the Depke Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills.

Police believe the four are responsible for at least 15 robberies. Charges are pending against two other suspects.