Evanston man charged in string of salon robberies in city, suburbs
Updated: February 11, 2013 6:12PM
SKOKIE — A 41-year-old Evanston man has been charged in a string of hair salon robberies that spanned Chicago and its suburbs over the past two months.
Jason Logsdon allegedly told authorities that he robbed the salons to feed his crack cocaine habit, and picked salons because there wouldn’t be many men there, Judge Marcia B. Orr said during a bond court hearing Wednesday at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie.
Logsdon is charged with 11 armed robberies in and around Chicago from Dec. 26 through Feb. 4. Orr denied bond to Logsdon in 10 of the 11 cases, citing the crack habit, the large number of charges and the short time period in which he allegedly committed the crimes.
On Thursday in Maywood, Judge Stanley Hill denied bond for the 11th robbery, which took place in Broadview, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Logsdon allegedly used a BB gun in most of the robberies, and stole between $100 and $800 in each incident, authorities said.
According to authorities, a witness to the last robbery, on Monday in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, caught the license plate number on the car in which Logsdon drove away. When Skokie police looked up the plate in their system, they learned they had pulled the car over twice in the past for minor traffic violations.
Skokie police located the car in Evanston soon after the incident. While they waited for Logsdon to be identified, they followed him to Elmhurst. Once they received word that Logsdon had been identified, they arrested him.
Authorities said the car was not Logsdon’s, and that the owner did not know for what it was being used.
In a release sent Tuesday evening, Skokie police said charges were delayed because victims and witnesses from 15 different armed robberies in eight different cities and villages came for interviews and to look at lineups.
Logsdon has been charged in 11 of the armed robberies so far. According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, five of the robberies took place in Chicago, two occurred in Skokie, two took place in Niles, one was committed in Morton Grove and one was committed in Broadview.
Cook County Assistant Public Defender Leslie Rogoff argued in court that Logsdon should be given bond because of his lack of prior criminal history.
Dressed in a dark blue sweatshirt, with his short hair and beard and mustache neatly-trimmed, Logsdon did not speak in court.
He had been in the hospital earlier in the day, however, his ailment and the medication he is on were not revealed in court.
Rogoff asked that Logsdon be taken to the jail’s Cermak Hospital wing. Orr denied the request.~.
Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.