Cops arrest 4 teenagers, seize firearm after Ukrainian Village robberies

Chicago police arrested four teenagers, one of whom had a gun, after they robbed two men in Ukrainian Village on Thursday afternoon.

Around 4:45 p.m., the group tried to rob a 32-year-old man in the 1700 block of West Cortez, according to CPD. They didn’t get anything from him, but they did punch him in the face.

Moments later., the group approached a 24-year-old man in the 1000 block of North Honore and demanded his property, according to a CPD spokesperson. The robbers fled on foot.

But a surveillance camera operator in the Near West (12th) District spotted them and sent patrol cars to take them into custody.

Officers arrested four boys, two 17 years old and the other two 16 years old, shortly after the crime.

They are each charged with aggravated robbery and robbery. One of the older boys is also charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Robbery reports in the Near West District are up 2% from last year, the worst year for robberies in the area in recent memory. They are up 89% compared to 2020.

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