Chicago cops warn about Grant Park robbery pattern

Chicago police are warning about a series of robberies reported in and near the south end of Grant Park this summer. Detectives have linked three cases since June 22 to an offender who has displayed a gun at least twice.

According to a CPD alert issued Thursday morning, the robber confronts victims on sidewalks and announces a robbery during the late-night and early-morning hours. He fled into Grant Park after each hold-up.

The approximate locations of the robberies. | Multiplottr

Police said the first robbery occurred in the 700 block of South Michigan Ave at 10:30 p.m. on June 22. The victim told police the offender displayed a gun, took his property, and fled toward the Grant Park skate park, according to a CPD report.

Another victim was robbed at 12:10 a.m. on July 12 in the 1100 block of South Columbus.

On July 28, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of East Roosevelt at 12:43 a.m.

The CPD alert said the robber is a Black male between 18- and 30-years-old who stands 5’10” to 6’1″ tall. It said he wore a dark hoodie and dark pants.

However, the most recent victim said the offender wore a white shirt with jeans, according to a report. The first victim said the man wore a belt with stones embedded in it.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 and reference pattern #P22-3-051.

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