Armed robber fires warning shot during hold-up in the Loop; Tourist carjacked outside a downtown hotel

An armed robber fired a shot while robbing a woman in the Loop on Friday morning, police said. She was not injured. CPD is also investigating two carjackings in the area on Thursday night — one in the Loop and another in the South Loop.

The armed robbery happened on the 800 block of South State around 4:30 a.m., according to Officer Hector Alfaro. He said a 30-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk when a man confronted her with a handgun and ordered her to surrender her phone, watch, and gym bag.

The gunman then fired a warning shot into the air and fled the area, Alfaro said. Police met with the woman at her nearby apartment. She described the suspect as a thin Black male in his late 20s who stood about 5’5″ tall and wore a gray mask with a black jacket, according to a report.

Thursday’s first carjacking unfolded outside the Hampton Inn, 22 West Monroe, around 10:15 p.m. A 49-year-old woman told police she was removing luggage from the trunk of her car when a man ran up to the vehicle and opened the driver’s door, Alfaro said.

He pushed the woman to the ground when she tried to stop him and then drove away with her black Nissan Altima. Alfaro said the woman was not injured. Her car was last seen heading east on Monroe and then south on State Street.

Then, just before midnight, two 18-year-old men were repairing their black Honda Fit in an alley on the 1300 block of South Indiana when a robber walked up and ordered them to turn over their property at gunpoint, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.

They complied, and the offender took their car. It was last seen heading south.

Bartoli said the hijacker is a Black male, 18-years-old, 5’5: to 5’6″ tall, with dreadlocks and wearing all black clothing with a face covering. He may have stepped out of a silver or white SUV before the crime.

Area Three detectives are investigating all of the incidents.

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