|Surveillance images of the man wanted for robbing a Lincoln Park taco stand and a convenience store. | CPD|
An armed robber who scored $2,000 from a Lincoln Park taco stand early last Saturday returned to the scene of the crime today. But his attempt to hold-up the stand for a second time failed. Empty-handed, the man fled the scene and robbed a nearby 7-Eleven store instead. Now, police have issued an alert to warn about the man.
Around 5 a.m. last Saturday morning, the offender entered the rear door at Taco Burrito Express, 2540 North Halsted. Inside, he produced a handgun and demanded the store’s proceeds, which exceeded $2,000, according to police. He then ran out the back door and fled in an unknown direction.
Incredibly, at the exact same time today, the man was seen behind the restaurant wearing a mask and trying to enter the back door. But the door was locked this time and the offender fled before police arrived.
Moments later, at 5:05 a.m., police were called to the 7-Eleven at 2600 North Lincoln. It had just been robbed of cash and cigarettes by a gunman matching the description of the offender seen standing outside of the taco shop minutes earlier.
Within the past hour, Chicago police released photographs of the suspect in a community alert.
The alert describes the suspect as a black man between 28- and 39-years-old who stands 5’4” to 5’9” tall and weighs 180-210 pounds. He has a black beard and has been seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black pants and a black jacket with white lettering on the front and back.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.