Armed robbery, 2 auto thefts reported in River North and Streeterville this morning

Chicago police are investigating a series of crimes that unfolded in River North and Streeterville early Monday.

First, a man reported that two robbers displayed guns and took his wallet, cash, phone, and car keys near Superior and LaSalle around 4:10 a.m. He told police the robbers were two Black males in their early 20s. One of them had dreadlocks, he said.

Then, two incidents involving the same group of offenders occurred after 6 a.m.

In one case, a 31-year-old woman had just parked in the 100 block of East Delaware when two men wearing ski masks pulled up next to her in a dark-colored SUV at 6:14 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said. Upon seeing the men, the woman became scared and ran into a nearby hotel. One of the men then jumped into her Lexus ES350 and drove it away.

About 20 minutes later, the woman’s Lexus rolled up next to a 47-year-old man’s Pontiac G6 on the 300 block of East Ontario. As the victim returned to his Pontiac, he saw one of the men, wearing a ski mask, in the driver’s seat of his car.

The victim grabbed his car’s door handle as the offender started to drive away. But the thief struck a parked vehicle and dove out of the Pontiac’s passenger-side door. He returned to the Lexus, which sped away.

A CPD spokesperson said the victim suffered a hand injury, but he declined medical attention.

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