Driver rear-ended, pistol-whipped, robbed in River North; Police terminate pursuit of offender

Approximate location of the attack and robbery. | Multiplottr

A man told police that he was pistol-whipped and robbed by an offender who rear-ended his vehicle in the River North neighborhood early Sunday. No one is in custody.

Police said the 38-year-old victim was driving in the 300 block of West Locust when a man in another vehicle slammed into his rear end around 4:35 a.m.

When the victim and his passenger stepped out of their car to look at the damage, the offender approached with a handgun drawn and struck the male driver in the face with it.

The robber then demanded property from the victims and drove away eastbound on Locust, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Patrol officers later encountered the offender’s vehicle, a black Volkswagen SUV with its hazard lights on, near the intersection of Chicago and Orleans. Police pursued the car onto the Kennedy Expressway and continued the chase until supervisors ordered the pursuit to be terminated. The robber’s SUV was last seen heading southbound on Lake Shore Drive from the Stevenson Expressway, officers said.

The victim declined medical attention. Area Central detectives are investigating.

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