Armed robbers struck in Old Town, Lincoln Park, West Loop last night, police say

Police are investigating a series of armed robberies across Old Town, Lincoln Park, and the West Loop last night. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.

At 9 p.m., a man hopped out from a black SUV’s passenger seat with a handgun and confronted a 30-year-old woman on the 400 block of West Wisconsin in Old Town, police said. He demanded the woman’s purse and phone then returned to the SUV and fled the scene.

The woman said he is a Black male between 20- and 30-years-old who stands about 6-feet tall. He had short hair and wore a black sweatshirt and black pants.

Approximate locations of the three robberies. | Multiplottr

About a half-hour later, a 30-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint of his phone in the 2000 block of North Racine in Lincoln Park, police said. Once again, the offender reportedly emerged from the passenger side of a black SUV with a handgun before the robbery and returned to the car afterward.

This victim described the robber as a Black male in his early- to mid-20’s who stands about 6-feet tall wearing a green hoodie with gray sweats.

Then, around 12:40 a.m. Monday, a black SUV stopped in front of a 68-year-old man who was driving on the first block of South Desplaines in the West Loop. A woman and a man who had a gun stepped out of the SUV and demanded the other driver’s valuables, according to a CPD statement. The victim complied, and the offenders returned to the SUV with his wallet and phone, police said.

The robbers in the third incident were described only as being Black, in their teens, and possibly using a Toyota SUV.

Detectives are investigating the hold-ups.

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