River North hotel guest declines police service after being robbed, carjacked

The Godfrey Hotel at 127 West Huron. (Google)

CHICAGO — A River North hotel guest was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday morning, but he decided not to get the police involved. Witnesses saw the robbery go down in front of the Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron, around 4 a.m.

They told Chicago cops that two men got out of a gray SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and robbed the man of his property at gunpoint, a CPD spokesperson confirmed. The robbers proceeded to drive away with the victim’s car, which a witness described as a “black big SUV,” the spokesperson said.

According to the witness, the victim went up to his hotel room, saying he didn’t want to get the police involved. They described the robbers as two Black men wearing ski masks: one dressed in white clothing and armed with a pistol, along with one who was shirtless and armed with a “machine gun.”

Robberies are up 31% this year and sit at the highest level since at least 2020 in CPD’s Near North (18th) District, which includes River North. Of course, the hijacking and robbery of the hotel guest will not count unless the victim decides to file a complaint.

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