Knife-wielding robber targets Old Navy in Lincoln Park; suspect resembles serial robber from Loop, West Loop

An Old Navy store in Lincoln Park was robbed at knifepoint by a man who resembles a serial offender who has held up several businesses at knifepoint in the Loop and West Loop this month. Chicago police have not publicly linked the new case to the ongoing pattern.

Old Navy is located in the Riverpoint shopping center, 1730 West Fullerton, in Lincoln Park. | Google

Around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, a man brandished a knife and threatened the clerk while demanding money from the register at Old Navy, 1730 West Fullerton, according to a CPD report.

He fled from the scene after collecting the cash.

Officers at the scene said the offender is a White male in his mid-20s with wavy brown hair. He stood about 5’5″ tall, weighed about 130 pounds, carried a black backpack, and wore a black vest and black shirt, they said.

In the Loop and West Loop crimes, a serial robber is described as a White male with brown or sandy blond hair. He’s in his mid- to late 20s, 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, and 150 to 180 pounds. On Tuesday, he was wearing a red jacket with blue jeans when he robbed a coffee shop on the 900 block of West Randolph.

The same man is suspected of robbing four businesses in a couple of hours on March 7. CPD issued a community alert after that spree describing him as a White male between 18- and 25-years-old who stands 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall and weighs 150 to 180 pounds. It says he was wearing a dark-colored hat, dark coat, and blue jeans.

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