Sunday, July 21, 2013

UPDATED FROM OVERNIGHT: Wave of Gunpoint Robberies Nearby, At Least 3 By Same Crew

Early last Sunday, Wrigleyville and Boystown was swept with a wave of 7 street robberies, including 4 at gunpoint. Tonight, there is another wave underway in nearby areas of Lake View and Lincoln Park. Three of tonight's attacks have been at gunpoint and may be the work of a single robbery crew.

1:15AM: Robbery at gunpoint near Diversey and Ashland. Attackers, armed with a black handgun, were last seen driving north on Ashland in an older Toyota, possibly maroon in color. Offender descriptions: (1) male, Hispanic, about 35 years old, bald, heavy set, drove the get-away vehicle; (2) male, Hispanic, about 35 years old, thinner than the other offender, wearing a dark bandana. Case #HW371890

1:17AM: Another robbery with a black handgun, less than a quarter mile from the previous incident. The offenders are described only as as two black males. The gunman wore a black Oakland Raiders hat. Taken in the robbery were the victim's wallet,  brown backpack, and iPhone. The robbery with a handgun is recorded as Chicago Police Department case #HW371898.

1:20AM: A man was mugged on a Brown Line train as it travelled south from Irving Park to Addison. The victim, who was left bleeding from the attack, got off the train at Addison. The offender is described as a white man in his 30's with dark blonde to light brown hair, 5'8" tall, wearing a plain brown shirt. The thug took $800 cash from the victim, whose cell phone was either stolen or lost in the attack. Case #HW371911

1:25AM: 911 was told of a man bleeding on the Brown Line platform at Paulina, one stop south of Addison, but neither the fire department nor police could find the man.

3:57AM: Witnesses reported that a man asked them to call police because he had just been robbed at gunpoint near Fullerton and Halsted. The victim said two offenders—one black male and one Hispanic male wearing a black hat and a black t-shirt—robbed him at gunpoint of his keys, watch, wallet, and phone. Case #HW371994.

The confirmed robberies are mapped above.

 1:55AM with details of incidents.
Added map at 2:09AM.
Added Fullerton/Halsted robbery, updated opening paragraph, updated map at 4:03AM.
Changed headline to remove "Breaking" at 10AM.

UPDATED 30 JULY 2013: Added case number to final incident.