Smoke shop employee stabbed during afternoon robbery in Uptown

CHICAGO — A smoke shop employee was stabbed during a robbery in Uptown on Saturday afternoon, but the offender remains on the loose.

Citing preliminary information, a Chicago police spokesperson said a male offender approached three men in the 4500 block of North Sheridan around 4:54 p.m. and demanded their property.

He pulled out a sharp object and stabbed one of the victims, a 25-year-old man, in the abdomen, the spokesperson said. He was initially listed in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The other two victims, ages 18 and 25, were not injured.

Police used crime scene tape to cordon off Uptown Smokes, 4527 North Sheridan. A witness said the robbery occurred at the store, and the robber had stolen from the business.

Officers searched the area for a suspect, described as a Hispanic man wearing a green camouflage hat, a black face mask, sunglasses, a black sweater, and blue and black shoes. As of Saturday evening, though, no arrests had been made, according to the CPD spokesperson.

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