Four men, including one man on parole for burglary and aggravated battery are in custody and charged with robbing a Verizon phone store last week in Oak Lawn thanks to a quick thinking employee.
The four men, Quovadis Agnew, Demetris Chairse, Marko Cowens, and Jerry Jackson briefly caused panic through Oak Lawn and neighboring communities after allegedly entering the store at 9621 S. Cicero and making off with a bag of phones. Unbeknownst to the four men, the employee of the store included a phone that tracked the bag of phones after they left the premises.
The news spread quickly on social media as well as through radio communications between Oak Lawn Police and neighboring communities. Oak Lawn police officer first encountered the alleged assailants after seeing a car, matching the description driving near 99th Street and Keeler. The officer lost visionary contact with the car but was able to radio the description to dispatchers who notified other police departments. Evergreen Park police chased the car to 115th Street and Pulaski, where the car crashed into another auto.
Alsip police also were part of the pursuit of the alleged assailants. Of the four assailants, three were captured quickly, but a fourth individual was able to get a way causing panic in the area. Marist High School instituted a lock down not allowing anyone to enter or leave the building for about 90 minutes. Even in Oak Lawn various businesses reported locking their doors as the news spread.
The fourth man was caught about a mile away running. When caught, he surrendered without any struggle.
Marko Cowens was previously convicted for burglary and aggravated battery to a police officer. Cowens was sentenced in October 2014 to three years in prison for each of the convictions. The sentences were to run concurrent meaning he would only serve 3 years. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, he was placed on parole on March 11, 2016. Cowens served time at the Illinois River Correctional Center. His bond was set at $250,000.
The court also set a bond of $250,000 for Chairse.
Jackson and Agnew have no prior criminal background. The judge set their bail at $100,000 each. All four are due back in court June 21 in Bridgeview.
Top Row Chairse is to the left and Agnew is the photo to the right. On the bottom, Jackson is to the left and Cowens is the photo to the right. Jackson’s, Agnew’s and Chairse’s photos are from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Cowens is pictured from his admission at the Illinois Department of Corrections. Jackson and Cowens are 25 and 26 years old. Agnew and Chairse are 22 years old. The four were charged with robbery.