Gunmen rob 3, sexually assault woman in Friday morning crime spree, police say

Two armed men robbed three victims and sexually assaulted one during a lightning-fast crime spree in Lakeview and Uptown early Friday, according to police. No arrests have been made.

At 5:05 a.m., the offenders forced a 30-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man to lie on the ground while holding them at gunpoint on the 500 block of West Cornelia, according to a police spokesperson.

The men then took the victims’ valuables and one of the offenders sexually assaulted the female and struck her in the face, said Police Officer Anthony Spicuzza of CPD’s Office of News Affairs.

Both offenders then got into a dark-colored vehicle and sped away eastbound on Cornelia.

Around the same time, the same two men approached a 35-year-old man as he smoked a cigarette in the 4800 block of North Sheridan and robbed him of his wallet and keys, police said. They struck the man in his head with the gun, stole his nearby vehicle, and fled.

Taken was a silver 2014 Toyota Camry bearing a license plate that begins with Z2638.

Police said the robbers are two black men between 30- and 35-years-old. One stands 5’9” to 6’1” tall and weighs 150-200 pounds. The other is about 5’9” tall and 235 pounds. Both wore surgical-type masks and may have been driving a Chevy Malibu.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 about cases JD210682 and JD210684.

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