Cops seek *another* armed robbery team on Far North Side

Police are warning residents of the Far North Side about another violent robbery team that is working in the West Ridge neighborhood. The alert involves a different group of offenders from one that detectives warned about on Monday. Each crew has shot one of their victims, according to police.

In the latest alert, police said a group of four men armed with a gun and a baseball bat robbed three people in two separate incidents just minutes apart on Friday morning. The victims were sitting in or near their car when the offenders approached shortly before 9 a.m.

First, one robber displayed a handgun while another went through a victim’s purse on the 6900 block of North Washtenaw, according to police

Then, one offender displayed a baseball bat while another brandished a handgun to rob a woman on the 7000 block of North Rockwell. The crew began to drive away from the robbery scene, but their car suddenly stopped. One offender got out and fired a shot that struck a 48-year-old male relative of the robbery victim in his right foot, police said. 

After shooting the man, the crew also robbed him and then sped from the scene, police said Sunday. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was released after treatment.

Detectives released three suspect descriptions:

  • male, Hispanic, 20- to 25-years-old, red hoodie
  • male, White
  • male, Black, 20- to 25-years-old, mask, gray t-shirt

Police did not describe the fourth suspect but said the team is using an older model tan or brown Chevy Trailblazer as their getaway car.

People who have information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives regarding pattern P20-3-183 at 312-744-8263.

On Monday, police warned that a separate robbery crew fired shots during three robberies early Sunday on the Far North Side. One of those victims was shot in her arm. Details about those crimes are available here.

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