Chicago police have updated their community alert about a series of abductions and robberies in Wrigleyville. In the latest warning, CPD now says there were four separate incidents over the weekend, up from the three that they previously announced.
The new alert says that two or three men approach victims on the street and force them into a waiting car at gunpoint. The offenders drive the victims around the neighborhood, take their wallets and phones, then release them.
The alert said that the fourth victim was abducted in the 3600 block of North Clark early Sunday morning. Other victims were forced into cars in the 1100 block of West Addison around 1:15 a.m. Sunday and the 3400 block of North Clark around midnight Sunday, police said. The first victim was abducted the night before, around 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of North Clark.
Police also revised details about what his happening. CPD’s first alert said that only one victim was forced into a car at gunpoint. Now, all of the incidents are listed as armed robberies.
After CWBChicago first reported about two of the incidents on Sunday, a woman wrote in to say that one of her relatives was similarly targeted in the neighborhood on October 8.
“They need to be caught. These guys are professionals,” the woman said, explaining that the man she knew was abducted by two armed men near Clark and Addison. She said they drove him around the neighborhood and took his phone and wallet.
The crew “cleared out his bank accounts within hours,” the woman continued. “Very sad.”
The first victim on Sunday, a 27-year-old man, told Chicago police he was walking in the 3500 block of North Clark around 1 a.m. when two robbers forced him into a gray sedan at gunpoint, a CPD spokesperson said. He said the offenders drove him around the neighborhood and took his wallet and phone before forcing him out of the vehicle near the L tracks on Grace Street.
While police were interviewing the victim, a 23-year-old man walked up to report that he had also been abducted and robbed.
He said he was outside Taco Bell Cantina, 1107 West Addison, when a man forced him into a gray sedan at gunpoint around 1:15 a.m., police said. The offenders drove the man around the area, took his iPhone and wallet, then let him go.
CPD’s updated community alert describes the suspects as Black males between 25- and 30-years-old who stand 5’10” to 6 feet tall and weigh 150 to 170 pounds. Sunday’s victims and the woman said a gray sedan was involved, possibly a Honda Accord.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern P22-3-070B.
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