Cops seek armed robbery crew that fired shots during 3 hold-ups early Sunday

Chicago police today determined that an armed robbery crew is responsible for three violent hold-ups on the Far North Side early Sunday. The offenders fired a gun during two of the robberies, and one of the victims was shot in her arm.

Police said the offenders arrive at the robbery scenes in a beige or gold older model Ford Crown Victoria that has body damage. They sometimes use their car to block the escape of victims who are in their own cars, according to CPD.

CWBChicago told you about two of the hold-ups yesterday:

• Two men and a woman robbed and shot a 38-year-old woman at gunpoint as she returned home from work in the 2700 block of West Rosemont around 2:45 a.m., according to a CPD report. The woman was near her car when the offenders took her purse, phone, and keys at gunpoint. Then, one of the men fired a single gunshot, striking the woman in her left forearm, police said.

• At 2:50 a.m., a 56-year-old woman was targeted in an attempted carjacking on the 2600 block of West Hollywood. The woman was sitting inside her car when a four-door sedan pulled up beside her, and two men emerged, according to Officer Anthony Spicuzza, a CPD spokesperson. 

One man went to each side of her car, pointed a handgun at the woman, and ordered her to get out, Spicuzza said. But the woman hit the gas and sped away. Both offenders began shooting at the woman as she drove from the scene. Bullets shattered her rear windshield and struck the back of her vehicle, according to a CPD report, but she was not injured.

On Monday, police linked a third hold-up with the previously-reported cases: At 3:05 a.m., a Lyft driver was robbed as he dropped off a passenger in the 3200 block of West Catalpa. The offenders blocked his vehicle on the street, fired two shots into his car hood, and took his wallet and phone, according to a CPD report.

Area Three detectives released descriptions of three suspects, all of whom wore masks:

  • Male, Black or Middle Eastern, tall, broad shoulders
  • Male, Black or Middle Eastern, medium build
  • Female, possibly Hispanic, short blond hair

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P20-3-182.

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