Wednesday, September 23, 2015

INEXCUSABLE: Five Robbed Here Since Tuesday Morning As Relentless Wave Of Muggings Continues

At least five more people have been robbed in our neighborhood since 5:30AM yesterday as an incredible spree of daytime attacks continues. None of the incidents occurred during overnight hours.

The most recent victim was robbed at gunpoint around 5:30 this morning in Wrigleyville.

One of the other victims is a woman who apparently became the latest target of an attacker that police warned about in a community alert last weekend.

Another is a student who was robbed outside of Lake View High School while the fourth was simply holding down the graveyard shift at a 24-hour sandwich shop.

A fifth person is also believed to have been robbed about five minutes after this morning's armed robbery, but police have yet to locate that potential victim. Here are the details:

Restaurant Worker Robbed

Four offenders forced an employee of the 24-hour Subway restaurant at 3021 N. Clark into the store’s bathroom during a robbery at 5:30AM yesterday. The suspects then cleaned out the cash register and fled. According to the victim, the crime was pulled off by three black men and a black woman. Two of the men wore blue jackets.

A red Pontiac Vibe

Woman Attacked In Ongoing Spree

Chicago police believe that a man who was featured in a weekend community alert struck again at 11:50AM Tuesday behind a children’s clothing store at 3338 N. Ashland.

A man called 911 from the alley there to report that his mother had been attacked and robbed of her purse by a man who fled in a red vehicle. The victim’s Ralph Lauren purse contained an estimated $4,000 cash.

While a previous victim reported that the attacker escaped in a red minivan, police sources have told us that they now believe that the vehicle is actually a red Pontiac Vibe hatchback with a sunroof.

The offender yesterday was described as a black man in his early 20’s. He wore a multi-color shower cap, white pants, and black boots according to a witness.

Investigators now believe that the offender is responsible for at least four attacks on women since September 12.

Boy Robbed Outside LVHS

A teenage boy told police that he was strong arm robbed by three schoolmates outside of Lake View High School in the 1500 block of Irving Park Road around 6:25PM on Tuesday.

The offenders took the victim’s specialized single-gear bicycle and Samsung phone before fleeing westbound on Irving Park Road, the victim said.

He told police that all of the offenders are black males about 16 years of age.

Gunman Robs Woman In Wrigleyville

A Wrigleyville woman was robbed at gunpoint about 5:30 this morning near Newport and Racine.

The offender, described as a light-skinned black man in a black hoodie with black pants and blue and black shoes, fled in an unknown direction.

Less than five minutes later, a resident told police that she had just heard someone being robbed outside of her home in the 1300 block of Waveland—about 3 blocks from the first robbery scene.

The resident did not see anything, but she distinctly heard a scuffle and then heard an offender tell someone to "drop everything and start walking."

Police searched the area, but were unable to locate a victim.

Officers believe the two latest incidents are related.

...And One To Grow On

There is one other robbery to report from early this morning.

Police were called to the Dunkin' Donuts at Halsted and Diversey shortly after 1 o'clock this morning because the staff believed a mentally-disturbed man was refusing to leave their store.

In fact, the man was a robbery victim who had been pepper sprayed and robbed at knifepoint.

The victim was transported to Presence St. Joseph's Hospital by ambulance.
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