Sunday, July 14, 2013

OVERNIGHT PLAGUE: 7 Robberies, 4 At Gunpoint; No Arrests

A storm of at least seven robberies, four at gunpoint, tore through Wrigleyville and Boystown overnight, with one robbery reported every 12 minutes as the violent wave crested at sunrise. There have been no arrests.

Most frustrating for CWB readers may be the fact that the 19th district was once again depleted of officers on a Sunday morning. No units were available to handle 911 calls beginning at 4:53AM.
A map shows the locations of this morning's robberies.
Here are the early details of this morning's robbery outbreak and its locations on the map above:

#1) 2:05AM: A man was robbed at gunpoint at 537 W. Roscoe Street, between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive. As CWB reported at 2:26 this morning, the primary offender is described as male, black, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He may have been in the company of a white male. No further description is available for the second person. The robbers escaped in a dark green Volkswagen SUV that was last seen heading northbound on Broadway from Roscoe Street. Chicago Police Department case #HW361553

#2) 2:44AM: A male victim reported being robbed at gunpoint of his wallet, money, and his girlfriend's car keys in the 800 block of West Cornelia, near Halsted Street. The offender is described as a 5'10" tall male wearing a black ski mask and a long-sleeved shirt, last seen driving eastbound on Cornelia toward Clark Street. Officers gave the victim a ride to his North Center neighborhood home from the Shell station at Addison and Ashland, where the victim had made his 911 call. Chicago Police Department case #HW361608

#3) 4:34AM: A woman called 911 after three attackers beat and robbed her boyfriend on Waveland Avenue, one block west of Wrigley Field. The assailants are all described as male, black, about 5'8" tall. They took the victim's wallet and cell phone in the attack which took place about 20 minutes before police were called. Chicago Police Department case #HW361647

#4) 4:48AM: A victim walked into the 19th district police station after he was beaten and robbed by three offenders in the 1100 block of W. School Street. The victim described one attacker as male an black, but he was unable to offer descriptions of the other two. Chicago Police Department case #HW361650

#5) 5:20AM: A man was robbed at gunpoint and beaten at Halsted and Buckingham by two offenders who were described only as black males. The victim declined medical attention. Less than 10 minutes before the incident was reported, a caller in the nearby 700 block of W. Melrose told 911 operators that he had been attacked, but the call dropped before more details could be collected. It is not clear if the two calls are related. Chicago Police Department case #HW361679

#6) 5:30AM: Two friends who stepped out of an apartment to smoke in the 3200 block of N. Clifton were robbed at gunpoint of their phones and house keys by two offenders. The gunman is male, black, about 5'8" tall and he wore a white t-shirt and blue jeans. His accomplice was also described as a black male and may also have worn a white shirt. Both were last seen running westbound on School Street toward Racine. Chicago Police Department case #HW361729

#7) 5:56AM: A woman, possibly an employee, was robbed at the McDonald's restaurant on Clark Street across from Wrigley Field. The victim was highly distraught and could provide few details of the incident. She was transported to the 19th district station so she could notify her bank and credit cards. Chicago Police Department case #HW361697.

A half-hour before the McDonald's robbery, a woman's purse was snatched outside of the restaurant by two offenders who ran southbound on Clark Street.  No case report could be found for this incident.

UPDATED: Corrected map location of robbery #2.

UPDATED 22 JULY 2013: Added case numbers. Added Editors' note.