Two off-duty Chicago police officers have been robbed at gunpoint since Saturday evening, the latest in a string of CPD officers who’ve been mugged during the city’s surging robbery problem.
In the first incident, a 41-year-old officer was in the 2800 block of South Wentworth when the robber walked up to her with a handgun around 8:37 p.m. Saturday. He demanded her property and fled with her iPhone and wallet, which contained her police ID.
A CPD spokesperson confirmed that a woman was robbed during the incident but, consistent with policy, did not identify her as a police officer.
The robber fled on foot. Officers at the scene described him as Black, about 5’7″ tall, and wearing a black face mask. He also wore a black jogging suit with white stripes on the side of the arms and legs.
Then, around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, another off-duty CPD officer was robbed at gunpoint in the 10100 block of South Wood. The 45-year-old officer told investigators that two armed men got out of a car, took his valuables, and fled.
In a different scenario, an off-duty police officer working as security at Macy’s, 111 North State, was beaten when he tried to stop a group of shoplifters on Saturday afternoon.
The 53-year-old officer tried to stop about eight people who were walking out with merchandise when the group turned on him and punched him repeatedly in the face, according to a CPD report. A second loss prevention officer was also battered.
No arrests were made.
In September, two Chicago police officers were robbed at gunpoint by a group of armed men who were in the middle of a crime spree. The officers, ages 28 and 30, were in the 1000 block of West 16th Street when four men took their phones and wallets at gunpoint.
On November 27, an off-duty Chicago cop was robbed at gunpoint as he got out of his car in the 3200 block of North LeClaire.
The next day, a 37-year-old Chicago police officer was charged with filing a false police report in which she claimed that she had been robbed in the 8000 block of South Wabash two months earlier.