CHICAGO — Two carloads of armed men went on an hour-long armed robbery spree across the North Side on Saturday morning. At least eight victims were targeted during the holdups, which began in Lincoln Square and ended in Lakeview.
Saturday’s robberies strongly resemble two other robbery sprees reported this month on the North Side.
The first robbery attempt occurred in the 5400 block of North Damen around 3:10 a.m. Four men jumped out of two cars and pointed guns at the victim, but he managed to run away and contact police.
A few minutes later, a group of men pointed guns at another man outside his home in the 5200 block of North Winthrop and robbed him. Again, the offenders escaped in two cars.
The robbers then tried to rob another man who was in a car in the 4900 block of North Washtenaw, but the would-be victim drove onto the sidewalk and got away.
At about 3:30 a.m., three armed men robbed a 32-year-old in the 4300 block of North Campbell.
The victim was parking his car when two silver sedans boxed him in and five men stepped out, a CPD spokesperson said. Three of the men displayed guns as the group ordered the man out of his car.
He complied, but the robbers struck him in the head and face with a handgun anyway, police said. The crew took his property and then fled in the silver cars. CPD’s spokesperson said the victim declined medical attention.
Two sedans also boxed in an Uber in the 4400 block of North Campbell. A CPD spokesperson said the robbery occurred as the driver was picking up his 32-year-old passenger around 3:45 a.m. Two cars, one silver and the other dark-colored, rolled up and four men exited, two displaying guns. They took property from both victims and then fled west in the silver and dark cars.
Two more robberies were reported in Lakeview.
One victim told police that up to six people, three armed with guns, robbed him of his phone, wallet, and cash in the 3100 block of North Clifton at 4 a.m.
Ten minutes later, a pair of armed men physically attacked and robbed him in the 2900 block of North Clark.
In a community alert issued subsequent to this story’s initial publication, CPD described the suspects as up to eight Black males between 17 and 25 years old wearing black bandana face masks, black hoodies, and black shoes.
Early on December 9, a group of armed men used two cars to box in robbery victims in West Ridge. Three people were carjacked, and a fourth was robbed at gunpoint within 45 minutes.
Then, on December 18, two Uber drivers were among at least nine people robbed during an overnight robbery spree in Uptown and West Ridge. Once again, up to eight armed men used two vehicles to box in victims.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern #P23-3-103CA.
Robbery reports in Chicago were up 24% this year as of December 10. They’re up 39% compared to 2019.
However, the two police districts where Monday’s robberies occurred are bucking the wider trend.
On the Far North Side’s Rogers Park (24th) District, robbery reports are down 8% this year, but up 12% from 2019. The Lincoln (20th) District is enjoying a 19% drop in robbery reports this year. However, robberies are up 33% compared to 2019.