A Lakeview man disarmed a robber and tried to use the offender’s gun in self-defense early Tuesday, but the firearm malfunctioned, and the bandits fled empty-handed, according to Chicago police.
The 36-year-old victim was sitting in his car on the 2800 block of North Broadway when two masked men climbed into the vehicle around 1:35 a.m., said Karie James, a CPD spokesperson. One of the offenders punched the man in the face while the other displayed a handgun and demanded his valuables, James said.
But the victim had other ideas.
He grabbed the robbers’ gun away and then pulled the trigger repeatedly, but the weapon didn’t fire, James said. The offenders wrestled their gun back and fled south in a black Toyota Corolla driven by a third person, according to James.
The suspects are two Black males in their early 20’s who stand 5’6″ to 5’10” tall and weigh 130- to 140 pounds. They wore masks and hoodies, one of which was blue, according to the victim.
Area Three detectives are investigating.
Tuesday’s robbery is similar to a pair of hold-ups in Old Town and Lincoln Park last Wednesday, July 14. Both of the earlier robberies involved armed men who got out of a vehicle and entered cars that the victims were sitting in.
At 12:15 a.m. on July 14, two men pistol-whipped a man and took his wallet and phone inside a vehicle on the 600 block of West Armitage. About 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. The offenders reportedly escaped in a vehicle driven by a third person.
Area Three detectives issued a community alert about those two crimes just a few hours before the Lakeview man was robbed.
A third robbery was reported around 1 a.m. last Wednesday in the West Loop. In that case, 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, Officer Alexis Interrante told us last week. They demanded her belongings and then fled westbound in a sedan, which may be a Toyota, Interrante said.
Detectives did not include the West Loop robbery in their community alert Monday.