Monday, September 30, 2013

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: 3 Robberies In 25 Minutes This Morning; One Victim Struck With Hammer

UPDATE 1 OCTOBER 2013: The Chicago Police Department has now issued two community alerts related to the following incidents.

About seven men jumped out of a car, hit a man in the leg with a hammer, grabbed him by the neck, and stripped him of his valuables at 12:30 this morning.

That's just one of three area robberies that were reported within a 25-minute period overnight.

Robbery #1 12:24AM, Cornelia at Racine
A Wrigleyville woman reported that her roommate was kicked in the head by an offender who fled eastbound on Newport Avenue toward Clark Street.

The offender, either a black woman or a black man dressed as a woman, was about 25 years old, had shoulder-length hair, and wore an orange hoodie with white writing on it and black leggings.

Taken in the robbery were a medium-sized black Marc Jacobs purse, an iPhone 4S, and the victim's wallet, which contained about $60.

Chicago Police Department case #HW472997.

Robbery #2 12:41AM, Seminary between Wellington and Barry
A 911 caller reported that their male roommate had been jumped by six or seven teenaged offenders. The victim was struck in the leg with a hammer and held by the neck while his valuables were taken away.

The hammer was wielded by a Hispanic male, about 6-feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing a dark gray hoodie. All of the other robbers were described as black males about 19 years of age. One of the teens wore a white jacket.

The gang fled the area southbound on Seminary, possibly in a silver 4-door car.

Taken in the robbery were the victim's wallet, phone, iPod, and keys.

Chicago Police Department case #HW473019.

Robbery #3 (Purse-Snatching) 12:49AM, Belmont and Broadway
A robbery offender fled through this parking lot to the alley overnight.
A woman's white/gray Marilyn Monroe wallet, which contained about $60, was taken by a black man who was dressed as a woman.

The offender is further described as being about 6-feet tall, dark complected, and wearing a red tank top and dark boots.

After taking the woman's wallet, the offender fled through a parking lot next to the Merlo library and then continued running toward Halsted Street.

A dark vehicle, possibly an older model Nissan Altima may have been involved in the crime.

The case is classified as a theft/purse-snatching Chicago Police Department case #HW473018.

Additional Reports
In addition to the attacks confirmed above, 911 received a call of a woman screaming for help in an alley near Wellington and Pine Grove at 1:08AM. It is not known if officers made contact with anyone. CWB reports this because the location is in the general area of this morning's other three crimes

Also, a 19th district officer took a strong arm robbery report under case HW473090 at 4:54 this morning. The location and details of this incident are not yet known.