Grand jury indictments on five felony counts of armed robbery were announced during a brief hearing this morning for an Evanston man accused of robbing hair salons across the Chicago area.
Jason Logsdon, 41, looked at the ground and did not speak during the hearing at the Skokie branch of Cook County Circuit Court, which dealt with a robbery in Morton Grove, two in Niles, and two in Skokie.
Logsdon is also accused of robbing a hair salon in Broadview and five in Chicago. The DuPage County state's attorney's office is pursuing additional charges against Logsdon in connection with robberies in Lombard, Glen Ellyn and Bensenville, officials said earlier this month.
Prosecutors said this morning that arraignment on the Cook County charges is scheduled for March 8. He is being held without bond.
Authorities have said that Logsdon implicated himself in burglaries fueled by a crack cocaine habit, and that he allegedly targeted businesses where he figured there would not be male employees.
Public defender Leslie Rogoff has said that Logsdon was expecting to graduate in February from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.
In each case a man entered a hair salon with a black backpack and placed a BB gun on the sales counter before asking for money, according to court documents. He usually left with $100 to $800, according to police.
No one was injured in the robberies.