At least 8 robbed during overnight surge, the 3rd wave of robberies since Friday morning

CHICAGO — At least eight people were robbed in a three-hour crime surge overnight, with victims being targeted in Bucktown, Irving Park, and the Near West Side. Similar robbery sprees were reported in some of the same areas on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The latest incidents began around 11:25 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of West Wabansia. A 33-year-old man was outside when four men got out of a dark sedan and approached him, one armed with a gun, a Chicago police spokesperson said.

The victim engaged in a “physical altercation” with the robbers, who forcefully took his property and fled in the vehicle, according to the spokesperson.

Around midnight, there was another reported holdup in the 3700 block of North Whipple in Irving Park. A woman and her friend were outside when three masked men got out of a car and approached them with guns, according to preliminary information. The group took a jacket, wallet, keys, and other valuables.

Then, around 12:20 a.m., a couple was robbed at gunpoint in the 2200 block of West Warren on the Near West Side. The man and woman were outside when a sedan pulled up, and a gunman got out to rob them of their phones and a wallet.

The suspect was described as a skinny Black man about 30 years old wearing a black hoodie. He escaped in a sedan driven by another person.

Another woman was robbed in front of a Bucktown area hotel around 1:45 a.m. She was in the 1500 block of West North Avenue when five or six masked men, each carrying a gun, robbed her, according to officers at the scene.

A witness described the group as Black males wearing dark clothing. They had hoodies pulled tight around their faces and reportedly escaped in a silver Nissan Maxima bearing a stolen license plate.

The same car was spotted about an hour later when a man and woman were robbed at gunpoint in the 3900 block of North Kimball.

Robbery reports continue to rise in many North Side and Near West Side neighborhoods, building on last year’s decade-high pace.

At least eight people, including a Chicago firefighter reporting for work in Noble Square, were robbed during a two-hour spree that stretched from Rogers Park to Boystown and West Town on Saturday morning. Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported, during two of those crimes.

On Friday morning, a violent robbery team attacked people with a metal pipe and brass knuckles in Albany Park, Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, and West Ridge, according to Chicago police. At least nine people were mugged during the spree.

Robbery reports citywide were up 1% through March 31, according to CPD. Many local neighborhoods, though, are doing much worse.

For example, robberies are up 24% in CPD’s Shakespeare (14th) District, which includes neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, and much of Logan Square. The Albany Park (17th) District, patrolling Albany Park and Irving Park, is seeing a 68% surge in robberies this year. Town Hall, the district based near Wrigley Field, patrols the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and the river to the lake. Robberies are up 33% there.

But the Near West (12th) District, which includes most of the West Loop, West Town, and much of Humboldt Park, recorded a 3% decline in robberies through March 31. There were 149 cases reported this year, compared to 153 last year. The area had 95 robberies through March 2020.

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