Armed robbers strike in Old Town, Gold Coast, West Loop overnight

Police are investigating a series of armed robberies reported in about 90 minutes overnight across Old Town, the Gold Coast, and the West Loop. No arrests have been made.

The crime spree began around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday when two men climbed out of a car and pistol-whipped a man near Larrabee and Armitage in Old Town. The offenders then took the victim’s wallet and phone at gunpoint and fled southbound on Larrabee.

Less than 20 minutes later, two men walked up to a victim who was sitting in his car on the 2000 block of North Lincoln. They pointed a gun at the man’s head and took his wallet and keys. But they didn’t take his car. According to the victim, the offenders reportedly escaped in a vehicle driven by a third person.

Both victims were treated for injuries. In both cases, officers said the suspects were Black males who stand 5’5″ to 5’9″ tall and wore red shirts or hoodies with COVID masks.

Then, around 1 a.m., a 38-year-old woman was sitting inside her car on the 500 block of West Randolph when two men climbed inside and displayed a handgun, according to Officer Alexis Interrante, a CPD spokesperson. They demanded her belongings and then fled westbound in a sedan, which may be a Toyota, Interrante said.

About 45 minutes later, armed men robbed a couple in the Gold Coast. Interrante said a 36-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were outside on the 1200 block of North State when three offenders stepped out of a black vehicle and demanded their valuables. Two of the men displayed handguns, according to Interrante. After getting the victims’ wallets, phones, and jewelry, the offenders fled north in the black car.

No description was available for the offenders in the two most recent hold-ups.

Area Three detectives are heading up the investigations.

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