CHICAGO — Several people were robbed during a string of holdups Wednesday morning, including a college student in the Loop and several victims in Logan Square. Some of the robberies appear to be related.
The 20-year-old student was in the first block of East Monroe when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up around 2:40 a.m. Five men got out of the car, all displaying firearms, and demanded the man’s property, according to a Chicago police spokesperson.
They battered the man, took his items, and fled in the vehicle, police said.
A witness who saw the robbery in progress described the group as Black males wearing dark clothing and dark hoodies. They said a second vehicle may have traveled with the black car.
About ten minutes before the student was robbed, a similar robbery occurred in West Town.
Police said a 49-year-old man was in the 1100 block of West Grand when two dark-colored vehicles pulled up, and six men emerged with firearms around 2:30 a.m. They took the man’s property and headed east on Grand Avenue. He was not injured.
An officer who responded to the scene radioed descriptions of the suspects very similar to what the witness reported downtown.
A series of robberies began in Logan Square around 4:05 a.m. In the 2100 block of North Kedzie, three men robbed a woman at gunpoint and struck her husband in the head.
Between about 6 a.m. and 6:15 a.m., armed robberies were reported in the 3500 block of West Fullerton, the 3500 block of West Medill, and the 4100 block of West Cortland, according to initial information from CPD reports.
Those robberies involved up to six Black males who wore masks and were armed with multiple handguns.