Armed robbery crew has killed 2 people this week, Chicago cops are warned

Chicago police officers are being warned about an extremely violent group of men that investigators believe is responsible for killing two victims during separate armed robberies this week. The crew has been active in West Town, Back of the Yards, Lawndale, and other areas of the city.

The department began warning officers about the crew on Wednesday afternoon during roll calls and via periodic broadcasts on police radio channels.

According to information shared with officers, the group has been getting around in a white Kia Forte stolen Monday in North Riverside.

Late that night, at least two masked men who stepped out of that car shot and killed a 45-year-old man sitting in a pickup truck in the 1600 block of West 47th Street.

The victim was shot repeatedly on the left side of his body, and his wallet and phone were missing when cops arrived at the scene, according to an initial CPD report.

Investigators believe the same car was used by armed, masked men who robbed another man near Fulton and Maplewood in West Town around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was not injured.

But about 15 minutes later, the second murder occurred in the 1600 block of North Lawndale.

Chicago police said two armed men exited a white sedan to rob a 50-year-old woman. The offenders shot and killed a 48-year-old man who intervened in the robbery and escaped without taking anything from the victims, police said in a media statement.

Cops are being warned to use extreme caution if they cross paths with the Kia.

The second murder occurred about a half-mile from 16th and Drake, an area that has served as an operating base for armed robbery crews for at least two years, according to a law enforcement source.

Hijacked cars and stolen vehicles used in robberies are frequently dumped in the area. The armed robbers who shot and nearly killed Dakotah Earley in May 2022 were based there.

In September 2022, CWBChicago published two stories about an attorney who decided to launch his own investigation after a woman he knew was robbed during a holdup spree in Lakeview. After combing social media accounts, electronic money transfers, and other evidence, he determined that the robbers were also working out of 16th and Drake.

While police have made arrests, including two people in the Earley case, the robbery crews continue to operate, seemingly able to quickly replace lost members with new blood.

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