Robbers armed with ‘metal stick’ targeted couple in Lakeview, CPD says

CHICAGO — A couple was robbed on Tuesday night as they walked to their Lakeview home on Tuesday night. Chicago police said the couple was in the 1800 block of West Barry when two men confronted them with a “metal stick” around 11:50 p.m.

An officer who responded to the 911 call said the robbers appeared to be nervous as they wielded the weapon, possibly a golf club, and demanded the 27-year-old woman’s purse. Neither she nor her companion, a 27-year-old man, were injured, police said.

The robbers, who jumped out of the back seat of a dark sedan were described as Black males wearing masks. One wore a white hoodie, and the other wore an orange hoodie, according to initial information. The car, possibly a Kia or Hyundai, had something covering its license plate.

Illinois State Police troopers found a stolen Kia, its license plate covered with tape, abandoned near Leavitt and School a couple of hours later. But it’s unclear if it’s the robbers’ getaway vehicle.

The robbery occurred in the Town Hall (19th) District. Robbery reports are up 37% so far this year in Town Hall, according to data released by CPD earlier this week. However, the report does not reflect several waves of armed robberies that hit the district this week, so the year-over-year increase could be more dramatic when CPD’s next report is released on Monday.

Town Hall includes the area between Fullerton and Lawrence avenues and the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

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