|Locations of three robberies at gunpoint in the 900 block of W. Fletcher this week. | Google|
UPDATE 4:51 p.m. — Additional information about the offender is not available because he is a juvenile. “Police found the victim’s phone and a black replica handgun on the suspect,” according to local Alderman Tom Tunney.
CWB Chicago’s original report follows.
Three women were robbed at gunpoint within 16 hours on a single Lakeview East street this week. Incredibly, all of the women live within five houses of each other.
Now, detectives are working to determine if the man cops captured after the third incident is responsible for the earlier cases.
The women were all robbed in the 900 block of West Fletcher—that’s one block south of Belmont—between 7:30 p.m. Monday and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
In the first case, a woman told cops that a teenager pointed a gun at her and took her iPhone and Ventra card before he ran westbound on Fletcher toward Sheffield. She described the gunman as black, male, 16- to 17-years-old, wearing a sports team winter cap, a black jacket, and black track pants. Less than 30 minutes after the hold-up, the woman’s phone was tracked heading westbound from the Roosevelt Red Line station, police said.
Then, just before 11 p.m. on Monday, another woman was robbed at gunpoint by a man in virtually the same location. The robber took $30 from the second woman and then ran eastbound on Fletcher. He was said to be black and wearing gray sweatpants and an orange hoodie.
But the third time ended differently.
At 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police once again rushed to the 900 block of Fletcher after a woman was robbed at gunpoint near Sheffield Avenue.
The woman told police that a gunman in his early 20’s displayed a handgun and took her iPhone. Police soon found a suspect matching the offender’s description—black, early 20’s, wearing a winter cap and a Shedd Aquarium jacket—walking in the 3200 block of North Kenmore.
The man was arrested after the victim identified him as the offender, police said.
CWB Chicago will have further information on Friday.