Armed crew robs 8 men within minutes in West Loop as nightly holdup sprees continue

Chicago — A group of armed men robbed eight people in two separate holdups in the West Loop on Friday evening, according to Chicago police. Based on descriptions of the suspects, their getaway car, and their technique, it appears the crimes were committed by a crew that has been committing similar crime sprees across the area this week.

Both of Friday’s robberies occurred around 8:45 p.m., according to Chicago police.

In one case, four men were walking in the 300 block of North Peoria when two offenders got out of a red SUV with handguns. The robbers took the victims’ phones and wallets, then fled, according to the police.

The approximate locations of Friday’s robberies in the West Loop. | Multiplottr

Within minutes, a similar robbery was reported at 42 North Green. CPD said four men were walking on the sidewalk when two gunmen stepped out of a red SUV and robbed them of phones and wallets.

No injuries were reported in either incident, police said. In both cases, the suspects were described as Black males wearing black masks and hoodies. 

Similar crimes have been reported in a series of nightly sprees on the city’s north and near west sides all week. Five robberies and carjackings were reported Thursday night into Friday morning. At least 14 people were robbed during a wave on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. More cases were reported Wednesday morning and Sunday. Chicago police also warned the public about a three-robbery spree that unfolded in Humboldt Park on Wednesday afternoon.

So far, though, Chicago police have not announced any arrests.

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