Armed men rob 4 in under an hour in Humboldt Park

CHICAGO — A two-man robbery crew committed four armed robberies in under an hour in Humboldt Park on Wednesday afternoon. They remain at large.

The first victim was robbed in the 800 block of North Maplewood around 1:20 p.m., taking about $80 in cash.

About 10 minutes later, they got out of a silver or gray car, put a gun to a man’s head, and announced a robbery in the 1000 block of North Rockwell, a Chicago police report said. They didn’t get anything this time, though.

Another robbery occurred around 1:35 p.m. in an alley behind the 2600 block of West Haddon.

Finally, a 15-year-old girl was robbed at gunpoint by the men as she walked with a friend in the 2600 block of West Walton.

Most of the victims said the robbers appeared to be in their mid-teens, but one said they could have been in their early 20s. One of them was Black, about 5’10” tall, and 140 pounds. There was conflicting information about the second robber, who sometimes stayed in the driver’s seat of their car.

Both robbers were dressed entirely in black and they wore black masks and gloves.

They traveled in a silver Hyundai Sonata with dark rims and a spoiler. The same vehicle was used during a string of robberies on Tuesday, according to a CPD report.

After surging to unusually high levels in 2023, robbery reports in the police district that serves most of Humboldt Park are down 2% this year, according to CPD’s data. Still, the number of cases reported this year is 105% higher than in 2020.

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