Cops eye link between Boystown armed robbery, River West carjacking

CHICAGO — An armed carjacking in River West on Friday afternoon may have links to an armed robbery in Boystown earlier in the day, a Chicago Police Department source said.

The first robbery occurred around 3:50 a.m. along the Halsted Street nightlife district in Lakeview. A CPD spokesperson said a man, whose age was unknown, was in the 3400 block of North Halsted when three men approached him. One of the men struck him in the head with a firearm while the others took his property, according to CPD. The group ran northbound.

The group got away with the man’s wallet, phone, Air Pods, and keys, then fled in a small gray SUV, according to an initial report shared with CWBChicago.

A similar car bearing a license plate that was in the area of the Boystown robbery was used by a group of carjackers in River West on Friday afternoon.

At about 3:55 p.m., a 36-year-old man was sitting in his parked Audi Q7 when an older gray SUV pulled up, and two men got out with firearms, police said. They demanded the man’s valuables, forced him from his car, and drove it away.

Cops found the hijacked Audi abandoned less than an hour later in the 200 block of South Bell. They also found the gray SUV in the 100 block of North Hermitage. But no one is in custody, a police spokesperson said.

The River West victim described the suspects as Black males in their late teens or early 20s wearing ski masks and black clothing.

A handful of additional robberies were reported early Friday in Logan Square and Noble Square:

  • At about 3:11 a.m., an Uber driver was sitting in his car when two or three men jumped out of a vehicle and robbed him at gunpoint in the 1500 block of West Augusta. The group was described as younger Black males wearing black clothing and masks.
  • In Logan Square, two victims were robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of Fullerton and Spaulding by three armed men who stepped out of a gray SUV around 1:15 a.m. The robbers took iPhones, wallets, computers, and a backpack from the victims and then drove away.
  • About an hour later, another robbery was reported near Armitage and Francisco. The victim told police that up to five men wearing ski masks got out of a car with at least two guns to take their property.
  • In West Town, a 25-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by three offenders in the 1300 block of West Walton around 3:30 a.m. He told police he was outside when the men got out of a dark SUV and demanded his valuables.
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