Man Charged With Robbing Women Downtown During Wednesday Rush Hour

Salazar (inset) is charged with robbing two women near the Chicago Archdiocese’s Quigley Center (left) | Google

An Avondale man has been charged with committing a string of robberies against women in Streeterville and River North during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Emmanuel Salazar, 22, is charged with two counts of robbery and one count of robbery of a victim over the age of 60, according to court records.

Around 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, passers-by reported that a man had knocked two women to the pavement during a robbery outside of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago headquarters at 835 North Rush.

The robber got away a purse and a phone, but—perhaps with some divine intervention—he managed to drop his own phone in the process, police said.

Witnesses who saw him jump into the passenger seat of a silver Jeep managed to take note of the car’s license plate number as the car sped away.

One of the robbery victims was treated for minor injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Minutes after the Rush Street incident, another robbery was reported in the 300 block of North Clark | Google

About 15 minutes later, another robbery attempt was reported in the 300 block of North Clark. A woman who was walking to work at a nearby high-rise fought off the attacker, who fled on foot.

The attempted robbery was caught on a nearby fast food restaurant’s video surveillance system, police said.

Salazar was pulled over and arrested near the Viagra Triangle at Rush and Bellevue | Google

Then, just before 8 a.m., officers located the silver Jeep in traffic near the Viagra Triangle at Rush and Bellevue.

The Jeep was curbed, Salazar was taken into custody, and he was subsequently identified by the victims, according to police records.

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