UPDATED 11/24/10 – 3:43 p.m.
(STMW) – Two men who allegedly robbed 16 businesses across the city were denied bond on Wednesday.
One of the suspects, nabbed after two separate gun battles with police on Monday, is also charged with an additional robbery he allegedly committed without his accomplice, authorities said.
Juan Sanchez, 38, of 4528 S. Paulina St., is charged with three counts of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at police and using a vehicle to try and strike officers, 18 counts of armed robbery, and one count of attempted armed robbery, according to police.
Carlos Ochoa, 47, of 7733 S. Spaulding Ave., was also charged with 18 counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, according to police.
Sanchez and Ochoa were denied bond Wednesday and a preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 29, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
The men are accused of robbing 16 businesses between March 27 and Nov. 22, prosecutors said. Sanchez also robbed another business and faces further charges for exchanging gunfire with officers as they tried to apprehend him Monday.
About 2:45 p.m. at 3160 S. Ashland Ave. police spotted Sanchez driving a vehicle but he allegedly tried to run them over when they tried to arrest him. Sanchez exchanged gunfire with police and fled, police said.
Two hours later, investigators saw him again while staking out his girlfriend’s residence in the 4600 block of South Paulina Street. When Sanchez saw officers, he fled on foot but police gave chase, police said.
When he was confronted, Sanchez allegedly pointed a gun at officers, who fired and struck him in a back yard at 4606 S. Paulina St. Sanchez was arrested at 4:58 p.m. and taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.
Ochoa was arrested about 8:45 p.m. Monday at his home on Spaulding Avenue.