An armed robber fired a shot at a rideshare driver’s feet during a hold-up in Lincoln Park overnight. The robbery occurred less than 15 minutes after another man was robbed at gunpoint in Lakeview.
In the Lincoln Park incident, robbers targeted a 33-year-old man after he pulled over to take a break from ridesharing on the 2700 block of North Cannon Drive, according to a Chicago police spokesperson.
He was outside his car when two men arrived in a red sedan and the passenger stepped out with a handgun around 1:13 a.m. The gunman took the victim’s phone, wallet, and jacket.
Police said the offender fired one round at the victim’s feet and then fled in the red car. Officers found a shell casing at the scene. The CPD spokesperson said the victim was not injured.
Officers at the scene described the gunman as a Black male in his mid- to late 20s who stands about 5’7″ tall. He had light facial hair and wore a black jacket with black pants.
CPD is also investigating an armed robbery that unfolded on the 1100 block of West Belmont around 1 a.m.
A 32-year-old man told police he was walking east on the 1100 block of West Belmont when a gunman confronted him with a black handgun, a police spokesperson said. The offender demanded the victim’s property and fled eastbound in a gray Chrysler 300 that was waiting for him. Another offender acted as the getaway driver, according to the spokesperson.
The primary offender in the Lakeview robbery was described as a male of unknown race between 20- and 30-years-old, who wore a gray hoodie.
Both of Saturday’s robberies occurred in the Town Hall (19th) Police District, where hold-ups are up 3% compared to this point in 2021. Robbery reports are flat compared to 2020 and up 33% compared to 2019, according to CPD data.