CHICAGO — A newly acquired surveillance video shows a group of armed men robbing a cab driver as they carried out a crime spree across the North Side last week.
Barely ten minutes after the footage was recorded, the same group of criminals’ night of crime came to a quick end when they tried to rob a concealed-carry holder nearby. He got into a gunfight with them.
Chicago police believe the men in the video you’re about to see committed nine robberies in less than an hour on the morning of January 30. Each of the victims reported that the robbers had guns and arrived in two cars: an SUV and a white sedan.
They started their crime spree around 3:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of West Granville. After that, they struck again in the 2100 block of West Lunt, the 6600 block of North Clark, the 6100 block of North Wolcott, and the 2000 block of West Farwell.
Their next robbery was recorded by a Chicago police surveillance camera in Edgewater.
The footage shows a 68-year-old cabbie pulling over in the 5900 block of North Broadway around 4:12 a.m. Moments later, the robbers, driving a silver SUV and a white sedan, pull onto Broadway from Elmdale Avenue.
They speed up behind the cabbie and quickly box him in, with the sedan nudging up against the taxi’s rear bumper and the SUV cutting in front of the cab to keep the victim from driving away.
Here’s what happened next. Watch:
The victim told police the men displayed guns and demanded his property, a CPD spokesperson said, adding that he was not injured. The spokesperson described the robbers’ vehicles as a gray Kia Seltos and a silver Kia Forte.
Barely two minutes later, the men struck again in the 5400 block of North Kenmore and again in the 1100 block of West Balmoral. Finally, at 4:22 a.m., they unwisely targeted an armed concealed-carry license holder in the 5400 block of North Winthrop.
One gunman stepped out of one of the vehicles to demand the victim’s valuables. The victim countered by pulling out his firearm and engaging the robber in a gunfight, according to a CPD statement. No injuries were reported. And no more robberies were reported that morning, either.
Chicago cops found the robbers’ SUV on fire in the 8500 block of South Mackinaw later that day, according to an internal CPD bulletin shared with CWBChicago. In a community alert released to the public last week, police described the robbers as Black males between 18 and 25 years old. No arrests have been announced.