Man chased with rifle in West Loop

Police are investigating after a man got out of a car with a rifle and chased another man in the West Loop late last night. The victim, 22, was near the 600 block of West Jackson when he saw a man get out of a parked car with a rifle around 11:38 p.m., CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.

This map shows the locations of the two robberies (red) and Wednesday’s incident involving a man armed with a rifle (blue). | Multiplottr

The victim ran away and flagged down a Metra police officer on patrol in the area. Bartoli said the gunman returned to the car, described as a small, dark sedan, and headed east on Jackson.

Last night’s victim was not injured, and the motive for the assault is unclear. However, a man armed with a rifle has robbed at least two other people in the West Loop since Valentine’s Day, CWB reported Monday.

At 1:19 a.m. Monday, a 24-year-old woman was walking on the 800 block of West Kinzie 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 her property. She threw her backpack and purse to the ground. Bartoli said the robber picked the woman’s belongings up and drove away in the SUV.

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.

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