Rifle-wielding robber strikes for 2nd time in West Loop

A rifle-wielding robber mugged a woman in the West Loop early Monday — marking the second time in two weeks that a similar hold-up has been reported in the area.

The 24-year-old was walking on the 800 block of West Kinzie around 1:19 a.m. when a dark, older model SUV pulled up, said Kellie Bartoli, a CPD spokesperson. A man stepped out of the SUV with a rifle and demanded the woman’s property. She threw her backpack and purse to the ground.

This map shows the approximate locations of both robberies. | Multiplottr

Bartoli said the robber picked the woman’s belongings up and drove away in the SUV. She said he is a Black male with dreadlocks who stands about 5’6″ tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He wore a black skull cap and a green jacket.

The details of Monday’s robbery are similar to a hold-up reported on the 600 block of West Fulton at 11 p.m. on February 14.

In that case, a man was walking his dog when a dark-colored SUV rolled up, and a man got out of the passenger seat with a rifle. He robbed the victim and returned to the car, which left the area.

He described the robber as a Black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks who stood about 5’5″ tall and wore dark clothing, according to a CPD report.

Detectives are investigating both crimes.

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