A violent group of armed robbers pistol-whipped victims during three separate robberies, then fired a gun into the air during a fourth hold-up Monday evening. Police have not made any arrests in connection with the crimes, which were reported in Noble Square, Wicker Park, and West Town.
First, two armed men walked up to a 26-year-old man on the 1300 block of North Bosworth and demanded his property around 9 p.m. CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. One of the offenders hit the victim in the head with a firearm, and the robbers then fled in a black SUV.
The same crew is suspected of pistol-whipping a woman during an armed robbery on the 1900 block of West Evergreen shortly before 10 p.m. In that case, Bartoli said, two offenders stepped out of a small black SUV and demanded her property at gunpoint after she got out of her car. The men hit her in the head with a pistol and then fled in the SUV.
Bartoli said the suspects are described as two Black males between 20- and 25-years-old who wore face masks and hoodies.
At 10:05 p.m., two men stepped out of a gray Honda CRV and confronted a 34-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man on the 2100 block of West Race, police said. The offenders pointed a gun at the man and patted him down for valuables but realized that he did not have a wallet or phone with him, according to a CPD statement.
They then grabbed the woman’s jacket and demanded her phone and money. She refused and even punched one of the robbers, police said. The suspects ran back to their SUV and fired one shot into the air before driving away, according to CPD.
Nothing was taken from the couple, who said the robbers were two males of unknown race. One stands 5’10” to 5’11, weighs 150 to 160 pounds, and wore a gray hoodie with a face mask, police said. The other is about the same height, weighs 200 to 210 pounds, and wore a multi-colored hoodie, according to police.
The victims in robberies on Bosworth and Race gave police the same license plate number from the robber’s getaway car, according to a CPD report. It starts with Q868 and is registered to a stolen Honda CRV.
A fourth robbery victim sought treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital around 11 p.m. for injuries they received when a robber pistol-whipped them, but information about where that crime took place was not immediately available.