Chicago police are investigating a one-hour armed robbery spree that left at least seven victims in its wake across River North and Streeterville early Sunday. The offenders used two getaway cars, and it is not yet known if they were working together.
The first victim was robbed at gunpoint near the 600 block of North Dearborn around 1:25 a.m. Four men displayed guns, took his money, and then fled in a small red SUV, according to initial information. A Chicago police surveillance camera recorded the holdup.
Then, two men and a woman were robbed in the 500 block of North Dearborn around 2 a.m. Two armed men robbed and battered the victims, then left the area in a black 2023 Kia Forte.
Around the same time, three armed men robbed a woman of her keys, wallet, and purse near the corner of Ohio and McClurg in Streeterville. While they were robbing the woman, an ammunition magazine fell from one of their guns, spilling bullets on the ground, an officer said. Police recovered the magazine and ammunition.
And around 2:05 a.m., two people were robbed by two armed men as they cut through an alley in the 400 block of North State Street, near the Grand Red Line station. The victims returned to their hotel in Streeterville and called the police.
The victims generally described the suspects as Black males wearing black hoodies and ski masks.