Chicago police are looking for two men who kidnapped and robbed a man after he left a bar near the Grand Blue Line station in West Town this month. The case bears strong resemblances to a recently reported case in Lincoln Park.
The victim was walking from a bar around 2 a.m. on Jan. 16 when a driver pulled over and struck up a conversation while posing as a ride-hail service driver, according to a community alert issued by CPD on Wednesday night.
After the victim accepted a ride from the men, the offenders put a bag over his head and placed a weapon in his back. They then ordered him to give them his ATM card PINs.
The offenders drove to a nearby ATM, withdrew money from the man’s account, and dropped the man off in a different location.
Police released images of one offender and as his car – a gold 2003 Acura MDX with a sunroof. The SUV may have temporary Illinois plates.
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Investigators also released a description of one offender: He’s black, 5’9” to 6’3” tall, and has glasses. He also wore “security style” black boots, a black jacket, and black pants, police said.
Anyone with information about the case can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 about case JD-117826.
On the night before the West Town incident, a 68-year-old Rogers Park man told police that two offenders pushed him from behind, implied they had a weapon and forced him into a vehicle as he walked on the 1700 block of North Halsted after leaving a nearby bar around 1:15 a.m. The men drove him to an ATM where they forced him to withdraw money before they dropped him off in an alley behind the 2400 block of North Lincoln. That victim also reported that the robbers placed a bag over his head.
Area North detectives yesterday released their own community alert to warn North Side residents about a series of robberies in which victims have been abducted while walking on the public way during January.
Editor’s note: The West Town robbery community alert incorrectly listed the case number as JD-178826. We have corrected the information for this report..