Shots fired as robbery crew sweeps across Near West Side early Friday

Map showing the approximate locations of reported incidents, based on preliminary information | Multiplottr

An armed robbery crew pulled off at least six and possibly eight hold-ups early Friday across the Near West Side. The offenders fired a gun during one robbery attempt, according to police. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.

The robberies were reported in Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, and West Town between about 12:40 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., according to police reports.

Multiple victims reported being confronted by an armed, masked man who emerged from white vehicles. One of the cars is believed to be a white Ford Fusion that bears a stolen license plate beginning with AV646.

It all started when two masked men tried, but failed, to rob a man near the intersection of Armitage and Damen around 12:40 a.m.

Then, a woman reported being robbed at gunpoint near the 2100 block of West Shakespeare. A man told police two armed men robbed him near Paulina and Blackhawk around 12:45. About 10 minutes that, another man was robbed near the 2100 block of North Leavitt.

Then, a woman told police that a masked, armed man tried to rob her near the 600 block of North Armour, but the offenders were scared off by her dog.

After taking a one-hour break, the offenders fired at least two gunshots as they robbed a man on the 1400 block of North Campbell shortly after 2 a.m. The victim was not injured.

At 2:25 a.m., a man reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by a man near the intersection of Campbell and Cortez in Ukrainian Village.

Five minutes later, a woman told police that an offender put a gun to her fiancee’s neck and robbed the couple near Campbell and Iowa.

The victims consistently described one of the offenders as a heavy-set or muscular Black male who wore a red bandana with a yellow shirt. Investigators found a red bandana at the scene of the robbery where shots were fired, according to a report.

Detectives from Area Three and Area Five are investigating the reports.

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