Friday, August 02, 2013

TWO THUGS, ONE GUN ALERT: Details of the Crimes From CWB's Archive; Previously Unpublished Reports; Additional Cases Likely Tied To The Alert Suspects

As reported last night, the Chicago Police Department issued an alert yesterday to warn the public about a series of robberies in Lake View and Lincoln Park in which the offenders rob their victims on the street at gunpoint and then flee the scene in a vehicle.

Today, we will try to pull together all of the information on the cases listed in the police alert as well as other cases that CWB editors believe are likely to be the work of the same crew.

Multiple victims have noted that, of the two offenders seen, one was tall and thin while the other was shorter and notably heavier. The crew appears to be multi-racial.

CWB and a police source believe that there are more than two offenders in this robbery crew. 

This report contains:

  • two previously-unpublished stories of Lincoln Park robberies from this Wednesday night that fit the pattern; 
  • details of every robbery listed in the Chicago Police Department alert
  • details of additional robberies that CWB reported and which CWB editors believe may be connected to the "Alert" cases.

Details of Every Robbery In The CPD Alert
We are pretty proud to report that CWB posted the details of five of the six robberies on the CPD alert within hours of their occurrence. In addition, CWB editors made record of, but did not publish, the details of the sixth and final crime on the alert list. The sixth story was not published because the robbery took place well outside of our area of focus. Here, from our archives, are the details CWB published of the "Alert" cases:

Previously unpublished incident: 4700 block of N. Hermitage Ave. - Jul 30, 2013, 10:30 p.m.
This robbery occurred 4 blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home on Hermitage Avenue. The victim said offenders took his wallet, cell phone and $115 cash at gunpoint, then fled northbound in a vehicle. The victim could not describe the vehicle. He said the attackers were two Hispanic men aged 20 to 30. One of the thugs was tall, slim, and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt. The other offender was about 5'10" tall and appeared heavier set. One of the victim's credit cards was used at a Kentucky Fried Chicken within 30 minutes of the crime. Restaurant surveillance video has been sought. 
1500 block of W. Altgeld St. - Jul. 21, 2013, 1:05 a.m. (HW371898)
1500 block of W. George St. - Jul. 21, 2013, 1:15 a.m. (HW371890)
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 as two black men. 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.
1300 block of W. Grace St. - Jul 27, 2013, 11:00 p.m.
An area restaurant employee was robbed at gunpoint behind the Dairy Queen, 3747 N. Southport, at 11:05. The suspects, described as two young Hispanic men wearing all black, displayed a handgun during the robbery and fled northbound in the alley behind Southport in a beige vehicle.
The victim's book bag, which contained currency and a Samsung phone, was taken in the hold-up. The robbery is recorded as having occurred at 1358 W. Grace according to Chicago Police Department case #HW382119.
1200 block of W. Belmont Ave. - Jul 30, 2013, 4:08 a.m.
A Lake View resident was robbed at gunpoint at the BP gas station on Belmont at Racine, a quarter-mile west of Sheffield around 4 o'clock this morning. The victim told police that two black men in their 20's, wearing all dark clothing, got out of a black Chevy, held a gun to his head and stole his laptop and wallet. Chicago Police Department case #HW385136
1400 block of W. Roscoe St. - Jul 30, 2013, 11:35 p.m.
A man who was outside smoking and looking at his phone was robbed at gunpoint by two black males who pulled up in a dark car near Southport and Newport around 11:30PM Tuesday night. One of the offenders pointed a gray revolver at the man, took the victim's iPhone, then drove away northbound in the alley behind Southport. Chicago Police Department case #HW386398
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Previously Unpublished: This Wednesday's Lincoln Park Robberies
The following cases are not included in the alert and CWB did not report these stories at the time of their occurrence. We have pulled the information from our records:

Around 11:05PM on Wednesday, July 31, a victim was approached by a man armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun near Fullerton and Orchard in Lincoln Park. The attacker took the man's money and cell phone and then fled northbound on Orchard to Diversey in an early 1990's maroon sedan. The gunman is described as a male, white in his early 30's with a medium build. He was wearing a light gray hoodie and had not shaven for a few days. Chicago Police Department case #HW387833

18th district officers, who patrol the area on the south side of Fullerton believe the offender was involved in another robbery on their side of Fullerton Avenue, shortly before the incident reported above.
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Additional Cases
CWB believes there are several additional robberies connected with the alert offenders that are not included on the CPD list.

Our belief is that this robbery crew began its work here on the morning of July 14 in the 500 block of West Roscoe Street. CWB reported on six other robberies that night in a story headlined "OVERNIGHT PLAGUE: 7 Robberies, 4 At Gunpoint; No Arrests"

The additional cases that match the alert modus operandi are:

JULY 14, 2:05AM: A man was robbed at gunpoint outside of 537 W. Roscoe Street, between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive. 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 male, white. 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

JULY 14, 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 black male offenders. The gunman is about 5'8" tall and he wore a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  Both were last seen running westbound on School Street toward Racine. Chicago Police Department case #HW361729

JULY 21, 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 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. NOTE: This robbery occurred within a few hours and a half mile of the robberies on Altgeld and George Streets which are included on the alert list.