Chicago police issued a community alert Saturday after three robberies were reported in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood earlier this week. Detectives release alerts when they believe an individual or group is responsible for a series of crimes.
The robber is targeting people as they walk during evening hours, police said. He then robs them while displaying a handgun or implying he has a gun in his waistband, according to the alert and victim statements.
Two robberies were reported on May 5:
- A 29-year-old man told police that he was robbed of about $150 as he walked on the 4400 block of North Campbell around 9:30 p.m. The victim said the offender walked up and demanded money while holding his waistband as if he had a handgun. The robber then fled northbound on Campbell.
- A 22-year-old man was robbed as he walked in the 2000 block of West Eastwood at 9:59 p.m., police said. The offender walked up behind the man and tried to strike up a conversation. When the victim did not engage him, the robber followed behind and eventually displayed a handgun while demanding the man’s property, according to a CPD spokesperson.
Another robbery unfolded around 8:25 p.m. the next night on the 4500 block of North Leavitt. The victim told officers that a man approached him on the street and demanded his phone and cash while implying that he had a gun in his waistband.
Police said the suspect is black, between 25- and 30-years-old, stands 6’2” to 6’4” tall, and weighs 175 to 200 pounds.
Anyone with information about the robberies can contact Area 3 detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding case P20-3-099.