CHICAGO — Carloads of robbers committed an hour-long string of robberies from the North Side to downtown Chicago this morning, robbing at least 14 people, many of whom were physically attacked. Chicago police said they have not arrested anyone for the crimes.
The robberies began around 12:50 a.m. with the beating and mugging of a 78-year-old man in Lakeview. He was walking in the 1900 block of West Wolfram when six men ordered him to turn over his property. He complied, but “several” of the men decided to attack him anyway, according to the CPD. The group escaped in a dark sedan.
An ambulance transported the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The police said he was in good condition.
In Boystown about ten minutes later, four men robbed a 53-year-old man at gunpoint in the 700 block of West Belmont. They displayed guns and took his valuables. Even though he complied with their demands, one of the robbers hit him in the head before the group fled in a black sedan, police said.
An officer at the scene said the robbers were Black males wearing ski masks and dark clothing who had at least two guns.
Also around 1 a.m., a 32-year-old woman was in the 2800 block of North Lincoln when four men and a woman confronted her with handguns and demanded her property. She complied. But one of the offenders hit her in the head before they fled in a dark sedan, according to CPD.
One of the squad cars responding to the robberies was flagged down by a couple in the 4000 block of North Lincoln. The 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman had just been robbed at gunpoint by four men.
Police said a 66-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in the 4400 block of North Lincoln around 1:18 a.m. Four men confronted him, took his things, and fled in a dark sedan.
Another man was targeted in a robbery attempt near Ashland and Bryn Mawr a few minutes later. He managed to escape and get help from a passing motorist.
Then, around 1:27 a.m., four men robbed two 28-year-old women in the 1600 block of West Wilson, according to Chicago police. Two robbers pointed guns at the victims, who complied with their demands. But, once again, the robbers decided to physically attack the women before leaving in a dark sedan.
The robberies returned to Lakeview around 1:40 a.m.
Police said four men displayed two guns and took valuables from a 36-year-old man walking in the 3000 block of North Clark.
Next stop? Lincoln Park. A 25-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman were hit repeatedly in the head by three men who displayed guns and took their property in the 300 block of West Webster.
A few minutes later, four men armed with firearms got out of a Hyundai Sonata and tried to rob or carjack a woman sitting in a car in the 200 block of West Erie. The woman locked her doors and drove away.
She later told police that the group consisted of a Black male wearing a black hoodie and black pants, a Black male wearing a camouflage hoodie with blue jeans, a Black male wearing all-black clothing, and a fourth person.
Most recently, a 42-year-old valet attendant was pistol-whipped and robbed as he worked in the 800 block of South Michigan around 1:53 a.m. They took his wallet and work radio, then fled. An officer who responded to the call told officers on the radio that the robbers were five skinny Black males wearing dark face masks.
Thursday’s robberies are the latest in a months-long robbery surge in Chicago. The robbers typically commit a series of robberies, stop for a day or two, then return for more. A relentless wave of armed holdups rolled across Near West Side neighborhoods like Humboldt Park, West Town, and Logan Square for months.
Now, it appears that the robbers are turning their attention to the North Side.
Here is some of our recent coverage:
- Armed robbers strike 3 times in about an hour in Boystown, Lakeview, Uptown (September 19, 2023)
- DePaul students among several targeted in North Side robbery spree; more cases reported in Wicker Park, West Town (September 17, 2023)
- Uber driver carjacked, bicyclist mugged, third victim chased by robbers during overnight crime surge (September 11, 2023)
- Chicago police warn about armed robbers they were ordered to stop chasing; some victims waited hours for CPD to show up (September 10, 2023)
- Women attacked, robbed in a series of robberies near DePaul University campus overnight (September 9, 2023)
Editor’s note: The address of the possible carjacking attempt has been updated from the 600 block of North Wells to the 200 block of West Erie.