‘Please don’t shoot!’ Woman says she’s moving out of Chicago after being robbed at gunpoint in Lakeview

CHICAGO — A woman who was robbed at gunpoint while walking in Lakeview on Tuesday morning is thanking a local coffee shop for helping her. But she says the experience has convinced her to move out of Chicago.

She was walking south in the 3000 block of North Lincoln when a black Nissan pulled up next to her around 10:45 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said. Three men got out of the car.

“There was one guy which I’m sure was the driver. Then a guy holding the door open. One jumped out of the car and (manipulated) the gun,” the victim wrote on Instagram a few hours later.

“He came towards me and I started screaming and said, ‘Please don’t shoot,'” the woman, 28, recalled. She said the man pointed the gun at her head.

“The kid that had the gun looked so young. I can say that he didn’t know what he was doing,” she told her 110,000 followers.

“I gave all my things including my phone. They took my wallet, car keys, house keys.” Then she ran away.

“I ran so fast. Tried asking cars for help. But ran into a coffee shop and called 911,” she wrote.

The woman said she had just left a doctor’s appointment and had a lot of blood work done, so she “was not feeling great.”

“Just glad I was strong enough to run and cooperate with them to where they didn’t shoot me.”

Later, the woman added another post to thank Doppio Coffee House, 3054 North Greenview, for helping her after the robbery.

“Not sure what I would have done without them this morning.”

“Be careful out there. I’m terrified for my life,” the woman posted. “I’m moving out of Chicago.”

A Chicago police spokesperson said no arrests have been made.

While it will be of little consolation to the woman, robbery reports in the Town Hall (19th) District are down 19% compared to last year. But they’re still up more than 30% from 2019, 2020, and 2021, according to CPD’s latest statistics report.

Citywide, robberies are at their highest level since at least 2019 and up 14% from last year.

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