Chicago — Police are investigating three armed robberies reported in Lakeview and Uptown this week. No arrests have been made, and Chicago police have not said if the crimes are connected.
The first holdup happened Monday around 5:15 p.m. in the 900 block of West Sheridan, not far from the Sheridan Red Line station. A man told police that two offenders confronted him with a handgun and took his property. They ran toward the CTA station after the crime.
Officers on the scene described the robbers as two Black men who stood about 5’11” tall and weighed 160 to 180 pounds. One suspect was dressed in a skull facemask and a black coat.
But only one offender was involved in the more recent robberies.
At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 25-year-old man reported that a robber confronted him with a handgun and demanded his property in the 1000 block of West Leland, a police spokesperson said. The victim didn’t have anything of value. So, the offender, described as a Black male wearing a black ski mask and black puffy coat, ran away empty-handed.
Then, around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a 52-year-old man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint while walking out of a gas station parking lot in the 800 block of West Irving Park, the police spokesperson said. The robber got away with the victim’s wallet. No description of the suspect was available.
All three crimes occurred in the Town Hall (19th) District, where robbery reports are up 67% compared to last year, according to CPD’s latest statistical report. Incidents are down compared to 2021 and 2020 but up 47% compared to 2019.