Police are investigating a string of robberies and a carjacking that unfolded across Lincoln Park and Lakeview on Sunday evening. No arrests have been made in any of the cases. It is not known if the crimes were committed by the same offenders.
First, a man and woman were robbed by two offenders who demanded their phones on the 600 block of West Dickens around 7:20 p.m. After getting the victims’ property, the robbers ran southbound on Howe Street. The victims said the offenders were two Black males in their 20’s. One wore a blue and purple mask with an orange and black hoodie. The other reportedly wore a black winter cap with a black sweater.
About four minutes later and just a couple of blocks away, a food delivery driver was pulled out of his vehicle by two carjackers on the 2000 block of North Burling. The victim, age 55, told police he had just turned on the engine when the offenders dragged him out of his silver 2013 Nissan Sentra, according to CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli. A witness said the carjackers are two Black males — one of whom wore a “colorful” jacket with jeans and another who stands about 5’10” tall and wore a black hoodie.
Around 10:30 p.m., two robbers held-up a victim at gunpoint on the 1100 block of West Wellington. The victim was not injured, but he turned over his phone, ear pods, and wallet after one of the men ordered him to “gimme all your stuff,” according to a CPD report. He described the robbers as two Black males — one of whom wore a gray hoodie pulled tight around his face with jeans. The other wore a black sweatshirt. They were last seen running southbound in a nearby alley.
Finally, two would-be robbers placed a gun to the head of a clerk at Subway restaurant, 3815 North Broadway, shortly after 11 p.m. The clerk, who believed the weapon was a BB gun, pushed one of the offenders, and they ran away. They fled northbound on Broadway in a dark-colored car that has a shattered back window. The clerk described the robbers as two Black males who are about 17- or 18-years-old who wore all-black clothing. One stands about 5’9” tall, and the other is about 5’11” tall.
Area Three detectives are investigating the crimes.