Update December 1, 2023: Charges have been filed.
An armed robbery crew may be in custody after Chicago police and the Illinois State Police teamed up to track them down.
Today’s events began shortly before 2 a.m. when a gunman carjacked a 34-year-old man in Wicker Park. The hijacker confronted the victim in the 1500 block of North Damen as he was walking toward his gray Dodge Durango, according to a CPD spokesperson. They said the victim ran away from the gunman, who got into the Durango and drove away.
A black sedan, possibly a Nissan Maxima, followed the hijacked vehicle, according to CPD.
Then, around 9:45 a.m., three or four armed men used the stolen Durango to commit a series of robberies. A source familiar with the investigation said the group is believed to have committed robberies in the 3700 block of South Lituanica, the 2200 block of North Keystone, and the 1800 block of North Cicero.
CPD officers, in coordination with state troopers and a state police air unit located the Durango. Police followed the car until the occupants bailed out in the 2500 block of West Harrison around 10:45 a.m. At least three suspects were detained in the area following a search by law enforcement.
An officer who examined the Durango said they saw at least two firearms, gloves, and what appeared to be robbery proceeds inside the vehicle. He also said the crew had swapped the Durango’s license plate with one stolen from a different truck.
If prosecutors approve charges against the crew, it will be a rare piece of good news as the city battles a 25% increase in robbery reports this year. The increase is largely attributable to groups of armed men who go on robbery sprees while traveling in stolen cars.