CHICAGO (STMW) — Two men have been arrested and charged in a string of armed robberies that took place on the North Side between Thursday and Sunday.

The men would allegedly approach their victims at gunpoint and take money, smart phones and other valuables, police News Affairs John Mirabelli said. They were arrested Sunday night after police officers heard a call of a robbery in the 2900 block of North Mildred Avenue about 7:40 p.m. and apprehended the two men on a Brown Line train the police had requested held at the Diversey station.

The 22-year-old victim of the Mildred Avenue robbery later identified the two men arrested on the Brown Line train as the men who robbed him, and they were carrying some of the stolen items, Mirabelli said. One of them was also carrying a handgun.

Marcus Parker, 23, of the 9800 block of South Maplewood Ave. in Evergreen Park, was charged with two felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, two felony counts of aggravated robbery along with one misdemeanor count each of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm Without a valid FOID card and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card.

Joel Shavers, 22, of the 10400 block of South Peoria Street in Chicago was charged with three felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

They were expected to appear in bond court Monday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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