Editor’s note: An updated story with new information about the crime spree is available here.
An armed robbery crew left one man shot, a driver carjacked, and at least five other people robbed in a crime spree across the Loop and Streeterville early Saturday, according to multiple CPD reports.
The crime wave began at 12:02 a.m. on the 400 block of East Erie in Streeterville. That’s when two men got out of a black SUV and demanded a man’s wallet at gunpoint on the sidewalk. The victim complied, and the offenders fled.
Within minutes, other victims reported being robbed in the same area by a similar group of armed men in:
- the 200 block of East Grand at 12:27 a.m.
- the 200 block of East Ohio at 12:40 a.m.
- the 100 block of North Michigan at 12:51 a.m.
At 12:50 a.m., a woman reported that two men robbed her at gunpoint near Lake and Wabash in the Loop.
Then, at 12:58 a.m., three men got out of a black SUV, displayed a handgun, and ordered him to turn over his valuables on the 200 block of South Wabash. When the man refused to comply, one of the offenders shot him in the right ankle, police said. The robbers then fled in the black SUV.
An ambulance took the victim, age 39, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.
Finally, around 2 a.m., a driver was carjacked by three men on the 200 block of West Washington around 2 a.m. That victim told police the offenders approached him in a parking garage and demanded his wallet, phone, and keys. One of the offenders held his hand under his hoodie as if he had a gun. Then, they drove away with his black Dodge Journey, the man said.
Police issued a community alert on Saturday afternoon that described the suspects as between two and four Black males between 18- and 25-years-old They stand 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, weigh 160 to 180 pounds, and wore black ski masks, black hoodies, and dark pants.
The SUV that was used before the carjacking was described as being either a Lexus or a Land Rover.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P21-3-081.