Armed robbers strike 3 times in 30 minutes Friday evening

Police are working to determine if the same group of men committed three armed robberies in about 30 minutes Friday evening across the West Loop, Fulton River District, and Avondale. All of the hold-ups involved four armed offenders who traveled in two vehicles, according to CPD reports.

The robberies started around 9:25 p.m. when two cars rolled up on a victim in the 3000 block of West Addison, and one offender got out of each vehicle. One of the robbers brandished a handgun while the other punched the victim in his face. They took his valuables and then fled in the cars, each occupied by one other man.

Approximate locations of Friday’s robberies.

About 20 minutes later, four men tried to block a man in with a Toyota Prius and a dark-colored SUV after he emerged from a Chase ATM vestibule at 330 North Desplaines. One of the men pulled out a gun, but the victim managed to get away, according to a CPD report.

Then, around 9:50 p.m., four men riding in a Toyota Prius and a dark-colored SUV robbed a man near the corner of Jefferson and Madison. The offenders reportedly got out of the cars, displayed a gun, and took the victim’s wallet and phone.

The victims were described as four Black males in their late teens or early 20’s. One of them wore a bright red sweatshirt.

No arrests have been made. CPD detectives are investigating.

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