Sunday, July 10, 2016

SATURDAY: 5 robberies at gunpoint near local CTA stations

Five people were robbed at gunpoint in four separate incidents near L stations in our area Saturday. No one is in custody, but at least three of the cases are believed to be related.

Image: Gunvault
In the most recent case, a woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon at Kenmore and Wellington, one block west of the Wellington Brown Line station.  The victim told police that two men displayed a grayish semi-automatic handgun and demanded her valuables.

The men took her iPhone and removed money from her wallet before they fled northbound on Kenmore around 1:30PM, the victim said.

She described the offenders as black, 20- to 25-years-old, and about 5’10” tall. One wore a stocking cap and had dreadlocks pulled back. The other wore black sweatpants with a red stripe on the side.

Earlier Saturday, four people were robbed at gunpoint in under 30 minutes, two near the Belmont Red Line station and two on the platform at the Fullerton station:
Locations of Saturday's five robberies
• At 4:30AM, a man was robbed at gunpoint by two men near Clifton and Belmont. The offenders took his wallet, iPhone, a money clip, and his watch before running eastbound toward the Belmont CTA station, he said. The robbers are described as black men between 5’8” and 5’10” tall. One wore a do-rag and a gray shirt.
• Less than a minute later and one block east, the same two men are believed to have robbed a woman at gunpoint near her home on Seminary north of Belmont. She said the two men displayed a gray and silver handgun then fled back toward Belmont with her cellphone, and $50 cash.
• About 20 minutes after the robberies along Belmont, two men were robbed at gunpoint as they stood on the Fullerton Red Line platform. One of the victims may have suffered a broken hand during a struggle with the offenders, police said.
The robbers took phones and wallets from both victims, then boarded a northbound Red Line train, police said. 
Both offenders were described as tall black men wearing black clothing. One had long hair and the other wore something on his head, the victims reported.

A source reported that most of the cases are likely related to many of last weekend’s robberies that saw ten people held up in eight separate cases. Detectives were planning to issue a community alert after a pattern emerged during the Fourth of July weekend, but that warning never materialized.

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