Thursday, January 22, 2015

WILD WEST: Passenger Robbed At Gunpoint On CTA Bus; Sheriff Robbed, Shot At In North Center Attack; Gunmen Strike On Clark Street; More...

Police and a CTA supervisor at the scene of an armed robbery aboard a
CTA bus in North Center Wednesday. (Image: @stephenwags312)
A masked gunman held up a passenger on a crowded CTA bus in North Center Wednesday evening. One man was arrested and armed robbery charges are pending. The incident was one of three four armed robberies in the 19th district Wednesday night.

In Roscoe Village, two armed robbers opened fire on an off-duty Cook County sheriff as he wandered into a robbery in progress behind the 1900 block of Belmont around 11:15PM. The sheriff returned fire after he was also robbed by the men. No one is known to have been shot.

Thirty minutes later, a man was robbed at gunpoint at Clark and School by two men who closely matched the descriptions of the offenders who shot at the sheriff.

Here are the details:

CTA Bus Robbery

A passenger on board an eastbound #80 Irving Park bus was robbed by another passenger who was armed with a handgun as the vehicle approached a stop at Irving Park and Damen/Lincoln around 9:20PM Wednesday.

Police, tipped off by a silent bus alarm, arrived on scene within minutes.

The offender, who boarded the bus at Cicero, fled into the nearby neighborhood wearing a black Neoprene mask and carrying a camouflage backpack.

Police took the man into custody at Damen and Belle Plaine, then found his gun in an alley at Damen and Byron.  "An entire busload" of witnesses positively identified the gunman, police say. (CPD case HY123880).

Shots Fired During Roscoe Village Robbery

Two gunmen opened fire on an off-duty Cook County sheriff during an armed robbery in the 1900 block of Belmont at 11:07PM last night. The sheriff, who was not injured, returned fire.

Investigators say the sheriff walked out of a poker game to "get some air" when he wandered into another robbery in progress. The offenders turned their attention to the sheriff, robbed him, then fled as he opened fire.

The offenders, described as two black men wearing ski masks, fled on foot and may have been seen getting into a black car with no front plate near Damen and Wolcott. They escaped with the sheriff's cash and cell phone.

Officers found a substance that appeared to be blood in a nearby yard, but no one has turned up with gunshot wounds at area hospitals.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a window at Friedrich Jahn Elementary School was shot out in the incident.

Police also recorded a second robbery by the same offenders a few doors down from where the shootout occurred. CPD cases HY123960 and HY124034.

Another Robbery

Police officers were flagged down near Belmont and Clark at 11:50 last night by a man who had been robbed at gunpoint minutes earlier at Clark and School/Aldine.

Two black men dressed entirely in black produced a handgun and took the victim's coat and a book bag before fleeing eastbound on Belmont from Clark. (CPD case number TBD)

And In Uptown

Two more people were robbed within minutes of each other in Uptown early Wednesday.

In the first case, two men attacked a victim from behind, then beat and robbed him in a parking lot at 4525 N. Sheridan around 2:10AM. The offenders fled eastbound on Montrose with the victim's phone and wallet.

While police drove around the neighborhood looking for the offenders, another victim flagged them down at Sheridan and Sunnyside, about a half-block from the first crime scene. Officers were not immediately sure if the same two men were responsible for both muggings.

UPDATE: Detectives have issued an alert regarding the Uptown incidents, which have been connected by investigators. Offender descriptions:

     1) Male, white, 20 to 30 years old, "either 5'7 and 150 pounds or 6' and 200-220 pounds"
     2) Male, black or Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, 5'10 tall, 150-180 pounds

If you have information on the Uptown cases, call Area North detectives at 312.744.8263 and refer to cases HY122815 and HY122817
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