Police investigate robberies in the Loop, Logan Square

CHICAGO — A group of teenagers robbed at least one man in the Loop on Tuesday evening, Chicago police said. A witness reported seeing another robbery occur nearby. And a third robbery happened in Logan Square that involved a group of similarly-described suspects. Officially, though, the police are not linking any of the incidents.

Police said a 23-year-old man was mugged as he walked in the 300 block of South State around 9 p.m. He told officers that a group of five males and a female approached him and one of the males displayed a handgun while demanding his property. The group fled north after the holdup.

Officers who spoke with the victim described the group as Black males and females, with the gunman being tall and wearing black clothing.

About 45 minutes later, a witness reported seeing four or five teenagers rob a man after walking up behind him in the 800 block of South Clark. The police could not find the victim when they responded to the call nearly an hour later.

In Logan Square, a robbery victim walked up to a squad car in front of former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home around 11:50 p.m. They told police that a group of three people robbed them after jumping out of a silver SUV near Sacramento and Milwaukee. The group consisted of two Black males and a Black female who were skinny and wearing dark clothing.

According to CPD’s latest statistics, robbery reports citywide were up 2% this year as of Monday, sitting at a five-year high. But the Loop’s police district is faring much better. Robberies are down 19% this year in the Central (1st) District, with 97 cases reported as of Monday. That’s compared to 120 during the previous year.

The Shakespeare (14th) District, which serves Logan Square, is seeing a 12% robbery increase on top of last year’s already high numbers. As of Monday, Shakespeare officers had taken 116 robbery reports this year, compared to 104 last year and 92 in 2022.

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