Chicago police are investigating a string of robberies and a carjacking reported in Lincoln Park and Lakeview this weekend. It’s not clear if there are any connections between the crimes, which occurred between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
The first incident, a carjacking, occurred around 3:38 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Belden. An 18-year-old man was unloading his parked car when three hijackers walked up to him, a CPD spokesperson said.
One of the carjackers put the victim in a chokehold while the others took his keys and other items from his pockets, the spokesperson said. The group then drove away with the man’s gray 2016 BMW. Police did not release descriptions of the suspects.
Then, a woman was mugged as she walked near the 1100 block of West Armitage around 6:50 p.m. She told police that a solo robber displayed a gun and took her purse and phone. An officer at the scene described the suspect as a young, skinny, clean-shaven Black male with short braids who wore a black hoodie. He escaped on foot.
Another woman was punched and pistol-whipped as she struggled with four robbers in the 2400 block of North Orchard around 10:02 p.m.
The 27-year-old was walking with a 32-year-old woman when four robbers exited a red SUV, the CPD spokesperson said. Two of the offenders had guns.
The police said the younger woman struggled with the group, and they struck her in the head with a handgun and punched her in the face. After taking property from both women, the robbers drove away.
EMS took the injured woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.
Cops were told via radio to be on the lookout for four Black males, one of whom wore a yellow hoodie and a mask that had a face graphic on it.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, a man reported that he was targeted in an attempted robbery near the intersection of North Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. He told police that a gunman got out of a gray sedan and came toward him. But he screamed and ran, leaving the robber behind.
Another robbery was reported in the 800 block of West Wellington just before 5 a.m. A man was walking with friends when a silver sedan pulled up, and a man got out with a gun, taking his wallet and phone.
Robbery reports citywide jumped 23% last year according to the Chicago Police Department’s year-end data. The category was up 38% compared to 2019.