River North: Motorist With Concealed-Carry Saves Victim From 3-On-1 Beat-Down And Robbery

The victim was robbed outside of these restaurants in the 700 block of North Clark, police said. | Google

An armed suburban man with a concealed-carry license intervened in a 3-on-1 beating and robbery in River North yesterday evening, according to a witness and police.

The victim was in the 700 block of North Clark around 8:30 p.m. when three offenders wearing white surgical masks attacked him and began taking his property, police said.

A passing motorist who saw the robbery unfold pulled over, unholstered his concealed firearm and intervened in the attack. The three offenders fled westbound on Chicago Avenue as the concealed-carry holder protected the victim, according to a witness.

The driver, who lives in Mt. Prospect, returned to his vehicle and drove away after stabilizing the situation, a witness reported.

The victim lost his phone to the robbers who were described as two black men and one black woman wearing surgical masks. One of the offenders wore a red jacket and the others wore dark clothing.

Another Loop Robbery, More Arrests

Chicago police continue to mop up the robbery cesspool that has overtaken the Loop.

Around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a 34-year-old man was approached by two offenders who threatened to “stick” him during a robbery near Madison and Franklin, according to police.

Officers caught up with two suspects in the 100 block of West Madison and both were identified by the victim.  Police today said charges are pending against two 18-year-old men.

Through St. Patrick’s Day, robberies in the Loop were up 80% year-over-year and up 326% compared to 2014.

Editors note: A previous version of this story stated that police said the two offenders who were arrested in the Loop were 18- and 34-years-old. That was a mistake. A spokesperson for the police department actually said the suspects were 18 and the victim was 34. We have updated the story accordingly.

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