Cops: Man robbed 3 women in the Loop

Torrence Perry | Chicago Police Dept

Charges have been filed against a man who police say robbed three women at gunpoint in the Loop on Sunday evening.

The victims were walking on the 800 block of South Wabash around 8:30 when 35-year-old Torrence Perry approached them and demanded their valuables while displaying a handgun and wearing a mask, according to police.

Perry allegedly collected the women’s belongings and ran away. Surveillance cameras at a Near South Side apartment complex later captured images of Perry walking in with the victim’s property, according to police and a source. Cops arrested him on Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors have charged Perry with two felony counts of aggravated robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm and one count of attempt aggravated robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm. He is due in bond court on Tuesday afternoon.

Sunday’s robbery came just two days after Area Central detectives issued a community alert to warn about a series of armed robberies in the Loop, including two on the same block where Perry allegedly robbed the women on Sunday.

Police said in the alert that four robberies had been reported in the area since Aug. 17. A group of offenders had battered and pistol-whipped victims who hesitated to hand over property during the series of robberies, according to the community alert. The robbers were seen getting into a vehicle after some of the hold-ups.

Here are the dates of the robberies and the offender descriptions that were published by Chicago police:

800 block of South Wabash at 8:53 p.m. on Aug.17
• Two males described as “brown” by police

1000 block of South Wabash at 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 26
• Black male, 20-22 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 pounds, dreadlocks
• Black male, 20-22 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 pounds

800 block of South Wabash at 12:50 a.m. on Sept.1 
• Black male, dark jeans, blue hoodie, ski mask
• White male, light jeans, black puffy coat, ski mask, black gloves
• White male, white hoodie

First block of East 11t Street at 2 a.m. on Sept. 11
• Black male 5’10”, 25-30 years old, 5’10” short black hair, dark complexion
• Black male, 5’10”, 25-30 years old, black braids, blue jeans, dark complexion

Information about the robbery pattern may be shared with Area Central investigators at 312-747-8384. Refer to pattern P19-1-299.

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