Update: CPD warns of robbery pattern following hold-up spree

Police have linked an armed robbery in Bucktown last Wednesday evening to two others that were reported nearby less than 30 minutes earlier, according to a community alert from Area Five detectives.

CWBChicago told you about the other robberies last week — one on the 1600 block of North Ada in West Town and the other near Paulina and Lemoyne in Wicker Park.

Now, police say the crime spree actually began in Bucktown with an initial incident on the 2300 block of North Leavitt at 6:43 p.m.

In each case, an offender approached victims on the street, displayed a handgun, and demanded the victims’ valuables, police said. The robber fled from each scene in a dark-colored SUV.

About ten minutes after the robbery on Leavitt, an armed man displayed a handgun and demanded a 32-year-old woman’s property as she walked to her car in the 1600 block of North Ada, said Officer Steve Rusanov, a CPD spokesperson.

The woman tried to run away, but the offender pushed her to the ground and robbed her. He then fled northbound on Ada, Rusanov said.

Then, at 7:10 p.m., a man was robbed at gunpoint on the 1600 block of West Lemoyne near Paulina. He told police the offender stepped out of the passenger seat of an SUV moments before robbing him.

Detectives described two robbers in their bulletin to local residents:

  • a Black male who’s about 20-years-old, 5’10” tall, 140-160 pounds
  • a Black male who’s about 6-feet tall who has an afro hairstyle

Police encouraged neighbors to tell each other about the pattern and to pay special attention to people who loiter in the area.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394 regarding pattern P20-5-077.

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