Armed robbery team strikes twice in Wicker Park and Bucktown

A group of armed robbers carjacked a driver then robbed another man at gunpoint in Wicker Park and Bucktown overnight. One suspect is in custody.

Around 3:26 a.m., a carjacker displayed a handgun to take a driver’s red Jeep Compass at Wabansia Avenue and Damen Avenue in Bucktown, according to a CPD report. The hijacked SUV sped north on Damen followed by a gray Dodge Caravan.

Police tracked the stolen Jeep by pinging the victim’s phone, which was still in the car. They found it in the East Garfield Park neighborhood about 20 minutes after the hijacking. Cops arrested the driver.

Meanwhile, the crew members who remained in the gray minivan continued to work.

Shortly after 4 a.m., two men stepped out of the van and put a gun to a man’s head on the 2100 block of West Le Moyne Street. They took his cash and credit cards, then drove away in the van.

The robbers on Le Moyne were described as two Black males in their early- to mid-20’s wearing gray hoodies who stand about 6-feet tall.

Detectives are investigating both crimes, which were part of an extremely violent hour in the area.

A drive-by shooting on the 1500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue left one man dead and four others injured around 3:42 a.m. Witnesses said a large group was standing outside a bar when the shots rang out, and another man returned fire. Some said the gunman’s car was a Honda Civic that headed south.

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