Armed robbers held up at least six people on the North Side late Sunday night and early today, police said.
Investigators have linked some of the latest robberies to a similar hold-up spree that occurred in Rogers Park early Sunday morning. We reported yesterday that a source believed the Rogers Park robberies were committed by the remnants of an armed robbery crew that committed dozens of robberies earlier this month and shot a man.
In addition to the latest street robberies, a group of five people robbed a man on a Red Line train at Fullerton early Sunday.
Here’s what we know:
The first robbery in the latest wave occurred near Farwell and Sheridan in Rogers Park around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. Three armed men took a woman’s purse and fled in a gray 2011 Honda Civic, according to a CPD report.
That getaway car was taken in an armed robbery around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on the 5600 block of North Mozart.
Minutes after the Rogers Park incident, two masked men robbed a woman of her phone, keys, and wallet at Irving Park Road and Pine Grove in Lakeview. They fled in the same Honda Civic, a CPD report said.
Then, at 1:20 a.m. on Memorial Day, a woman and her boyfriend were robbed by three men who stepped out of a car on the 900 block of West Belle Plaine. A robber struck the woman with a handgun during the robbery.
The victims said the robbers may have been accompanied by a second car — a detail that some earlier robbery victims mentioned.
Just a few minutes later, a bicyclist flagged down a passing patrol car outside Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old man told the officers that he was riding his bike on the 1100 block of West Grace when two men got out of a Honda Civic and went through his pants to take his phone and wallet, according to police.
Another robbery was reported near Clark and Cornelia in Wrigleyville around the same time. A CPD spokesperson said the report for this robbery was not complete and details were unavailable.
Chicago police issued a community alert on Sunday afternoon about the robberies that unfolded earlier in the day. They said the suspects are three Black males between 16- and 25-years-old. One is 5’9″ tall and wore an orange face mask, blue hoodie, and black sweats. Another is about 5-feet tall and wore a blue face mask, black hoodie, and black sweats. The third wore an orange hoodie. The group used a white Nissan Pathfinder during the hold-ups, according to CPD.
Separately, five people robbed a man as he rode a southbound Red Line train near Fullerton around 3:45 a.m. The victim was physically attacked by the group and one robber may have had a gun, according to a police report.
CTA surveillance video showed the robbers fled out of the Fullerton station and headed west after the crime. They were:
- a Black male wearing a white winter cap, black scarf, light-colored tank top, black shorts, and red and black shoes
- a tall and thin Black male wearing a baseball hat, black hoodie, jeans, and yellow and white shoes
- a Black female with long hair who wore black leggings, black Crocs, and a black shirt with “The Godfather” on the front
- a Black female wearing a white jacket, black shorts, and brown shoes
- a Black male wearing a black hat, black hoodie, gray sweats, and white gym shoes