One in custody after two nights of robberies hit Loop, South Loop

Chicago police have one suspect in custody, but they’re still looking for at least one more after a string of robberies were reported in the Loop and South Loop.

The robbery streak began around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Ida B. Wells. A CPD spokesperson said two victims, a 20-year-old woman, and a 23-year-old man, were walking when the two robbers confronted them.

The men displayed a gun, took the victims’ property, and fled north on Federal Street.

Over the next two hours, additional robberies were reported at Dearborn and Lake, Franklin and Madison, and near the Prudential Building. 

More robberies were reported Monday, starting around 5:20 a.m. when a 42-year-old woman was targeted in the 600 block of South Plymouth.


Minutes later, a 27-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint at State and Van Buren.

At 5:25 a.m., a 36-year-old man was targeted in an attempted armed robbery at Michigan and Madison.

A 31-year-old man called 911 around 5:55 a.m. and reported being robbed at gunpoint while walking his dog in the 1100 block of South Michigan.

Finally, at 6:50 a.m., a 22-year-old man was carjacked as he sat in his vehicle in the 1100 block of South Wabash, a police spokesperson said. He said two men displayed a gun and forced him out of his gray Honda Civic.

They drove away with the vehicle.

Several hours later, police arrested Jorge Gonzales, 23, on the Kennedy Expressway near Chicago Avenue, CPD said. He is charged with vehicular hijacking with a firearm, two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm, in connection with Monday’s crimes. He is not charged with any incidents from Sunday, according to CPD.

No other suspects have been arrested.

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