Robber attacks man inside Loop hotel on Christmas Day, steals his car: report

Police are investigating after a man was followed into a Loop hotel on Christmas Day by an offender who attacked him then stole his car, which the victim had parked nearby, according to a CPD report.

The victim, 22, parked his car on the 100 block of North Wabash and entered the Palmer House Hotel at 17 East Monroe around 3:36 p.m., according to the report. He was apparently followed by an offender who trailed him to the hotel’s 15th floor, where the attack allegedly unfolded.

A CPD spokesperson said the victim was “struck about the body and a set of vehicle keys were taken by force.” Police later determined that the victim’s car was missing, said Officer Roberto Garduno, who added that the victim declined medical attention.

Police at the scene described the suspect as a Black male who stood about 5’8″ tall and wore all black clothing and a face mask. The victim’s car is a white 1999 Toyota with an Indiana license plate that begins with 468, according to the police report.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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