Gunmen rob 2 bars and customers at closing time in Lakeview, Noble Square; shots fired during one holdup

Signs outside the Irish Nobleman and A.J. Hudson’s are seen on Yelp

CHICAGO — Armed men entered two bars at about closing time overnight, one in Lakeview and the other in Noble Square, robbing the businesses and customers, according to Chicago police. The crew fired shots during one of the holdups.

First, two masked gunmen entered A.J. Hudson’s Public House, 3801 North Ashland, around 1:15 a.m. They took wallets from six customers inside the bar and cash from the register, according to Chicago police. No injuries were reported.

Then, around 1:54 a.m., several people were inside the Irish Nobleman Pub, 1367 West Erie, when three robbers walked in. The crew pulled out guns and demanded money from the victims, police said. Video of the robbery was posted to Twitter by Chicago Contrarian. Watch:

Two of the victims tried to run away, prompting one of the robbers to shoot at them, according to a CPD spokesperson. The robbers took valuables from individuals and cash from the register before fleeing.

Saturday’s robberies are similar to a string of crimes that occurred between late August and Christmas last year.

On August 31, two gunmen entered California Clipper, 1002 North California, just after 1 a.m. to rob the business and its patrons. About ten minutes later, two armed men robbed Rite Liquors and its customers at 1649 West Division.

On September 11, armed men robbed Chipp Inn, 832 North Greenview, and the tavern’s customers, according to a CPD report.

Chipp Inn and 11 of its customers were robbed again early on December 1. A group of five men displayed guns and demanded money from the register and patrons around 1:40 a.m., according to police. On December 14, three gunmen demanded cash from the register at Gracie O’Malley’s, 4058 North Milwaukee.

No arrests were ever announced in connection with the robberies.

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