Chicago firefighter mugged while reporting to work in Noble Square

The Chicago Fire Department house at 1125 North Ashland (Google)

CHICAGO — A Chicago firefighter was pistol-whipped and robbed as he reported for work at a Noble Square firehouse on Saturday morning, one of at least seven robberies reported in a two-hour span.

A Chicago police spokesperson, who did not identify the victim as a firefighter, said the 31-year-old victim was targeted on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of West Haddon around 5:40 a.m. Two sources familiar with the matter confirmed the victim is a CFD member assigned to Engine 30, based at 1125 North Ashland.

Four men approached the victim, displayed guns, and demanded his valuables, the police spokesperson said. One of the robbers struck the victim in the head with a firearm before the group headed east on Haddon Street, according to CPD.

The firefighter was taken to Ascension St. Mary Hospital in good condition.

At least six other robberies were reported in a relatively short time period on Saturday morning. During two of the holdups, the robbers fired shots, but there were no reported gunshot injuries.

The first shot was fired during the first robbery around 4:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Arthur in West Rogers Park. Four men armed with guns got out of a white SUV and robbed a man outside his home.

A witness saw the robbery from a nearby apartment and yelled at the robbers to go away. They fired a shot at him, breaking his apartment window but leaving him unharmed, according to officers at the scene, according to a CPD report.

About 45 minutes later, a man was robbed on the corner of Halsted and Aldine in Boystown by two masked men who got out of a white SUV. They took his backpack at gunpoint. Today, another man contacted police to file a late report about being robbed in the same area. He told officers he was at Halsted and Roscoe when two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed him shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday.

Another string of robberies involving armed men in a black Nissan Maxima began around 5:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West North Avenue in Old Town. The victim was in a strip mall parking lot when four men took his phone.

Within moments, another victim was robbed nearby. He chased the crew’s getaway car, and one of the offenders fired shots at him as the cars sped along the 1800 block of North Clark, according to initial information from the scene. Officers said they did not find any shell casings, but 911 callers reported shots fired, and the victim told police he heard popping sounds as he chased them, an officer said.

More robberies, possibly involving the same crew, were reported around 5:45 a.m. in the 1600 block of West Superior and around 6:15 a.m. in the 4200 block of North Keeler.

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