Hammer-wielding men rob pedestrian in Humboldt Park (Video)

The beginning of the reported robbery is seen in a frame from surveillance video. | Provided

Chicago — Newly released video shows two men armed themselves with hammers to rob another man in Humboldt Park over the weekend. The neighborhood is among the areas of Chicago that have been slammed by more than 70 armed robberies since December 2.

“There was a robbery this weekend that I caught on our cameras,” a CWBChicago reader said Monday. “I reported it to CPD, but there was zero interest in the footage. They basically shrugged it off.”

We confirmed that the victim filed a Chicago police report within minutes of the holdup, which occurred at 4:32 am. Sunday on the corner of Division and Spaulding. He told officers that two men armed with hammers got out of a vehicle and robbed him of his phone, according to a CPD report.

Our reader’s high-quality video captured it all. Watch:

The robbers in the video have different appearances and a different method of operation than the armed crews that racked up scores of armed robberies across the city between West Town and Rogers Park this month.

Investigators believe one of the prolific crews was taken out by a concealed carry holder last week. Another may be in custody after a fiery car crash on the North Side yesterday.

On Monday evening, CPD released a community alert listing 50 robberies reported in just three days that detectives believe one team of offenders committed.

  • 2400 block of W Fullerton Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 2:08 am.
  • 1500 block of N Ashland Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 2:54 am,
  • 2700 block of W Augusta Blvd on December 7, 2022 at approximately 3:05 am.
  • 1500 block of N Western Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 4:15 am.
  • 2700 block of N Central Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 4:21 am.
  • 4000 block of N Central Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 4:42 am.
  • 5300 block W Berenice Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 4:44 am.
  • 5200 block of W North Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:00 am.
  • 1100 block of N Hamlin Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:20 am.
  • 2300 block of W Rice St on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:30 am.
  • 3100 block of W Division St on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:44 am.
  • 3300 block of W Wabansia Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:45 am.
  • 3400 block of W Armitage Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 5:55 am.
  • 1600 block of N Cicero Ave on December 7, 2022 at approximately 6:20 am.
  • 5200 block of W Crystal St on December 7, 2022 at approximately 6:40 am.
  • 3200 block of W Cortez St on December 8, 2022 at approximately 12:30 am.
  • 1700 block of N. St. Louis Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 12:45 am.
  • 600 block of N Leclaire Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 12:50 am.
  • 1000 block of N. Campbell Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:20 am.
  • 800 block of N. Washtenaw Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:25 am.
  • 2200 block of W. Superior St on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:27 am.
  • 1700 block of W Superior St on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:35 am.
  • 1200 block of N. Pulaski Rd on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:37 am.
  • 1400 block of N. Hamlin Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 1:51 am.
  • 1300 block of N. Keeler Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 2:06 am.
  • 800 block of N Harding Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5:15 am.
  • 800 block of N Drake Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5:20 am.
  • 4100 block of W Division St on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5;30 am.
  • 1100 block of N Karlov Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5:30 am.
  • 1100 block of N Leclaire Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5:30 am.
  • 1100 block of N Cicero Ave on December 8, 2022 at approximately 5:38 am.
  • 1400 block of N. Sandburg Ter on December 9, 2022 at approximately 11:19 pm.
  • 2800 block of N. Wolcott Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 12:07 am.
  • 0-100 block of E. Chicago Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:00 am.
  • 6100 block of N. Glenwood Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:08 am.
  • 1300 block of W. George St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:38 am.
  • 2500 block of W. Walton St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:40 am.
  • 6300 block of N. Bell St on December 10, 2022 at approximately at 1:50 am.
  • 6200 block of N. Bell St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:55 am.
  • 6200 block of N. Talman Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 1:58 am.
  • 1300 block of W. Fillmore St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:05 am.
  • 1200 block of N. Maplewood Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:25 am.
  • 2700 block of W. Iowa St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:30 am.
  • 2700 block of W. Superior St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:35 am.
  • 2100 block of N. Maplewood Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:40 am.
  • 700 block of N. Rockwell St on December 10, 2022 at approximately 2:52 am.
  • 700 block of N. California Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 3:52 am.
  • 700 block of N. California Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 4:00 am.
  • 2700 block of W. Grand Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 4:02 am.
  • 600 block of N. Trumbull Ave on December 10, 2022 at approximately 4:10 am.

But investigators are aware of dozens of additional robberies that occurred in the days before and after the dates listed, a source said. CPD’s alert said the crews primarily responsible for the waves of near-daily robberies consist of between two and four Black males between 15 and 30 years old. They typically wear ski masks and hoodies, display guns, and travel in stolen Hyundais and Kias. The cars often have broken rear side windows.