Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Downtown Update: Armed carjacking reported on Mag Mile; More robberies in the Loop

The men were carjacked here, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Delaware, police said. | Google
Chicago police are investigating an armed carjacking reported Sunday night in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. Two men were sitting in a car on the corner of Delaware and Michigan around 10:30 p.m. when a gunman ordered them out of the vehicle, police said.

The offender got into the victims’ gold 2012 Kia Optima and sped eastbound on Delaware toward Lake Shore Drive. Police said one of the victims left their phone in the car. About 20 minutes after the carjacking, the phone was pinging near Presidential Towers, 555 West Madison. Police searched the area but did not locate the stolen car.

Police said the stolen car has a temporary license tag and a sticker on the rear window that says “Chicago Car Center.”

The offender was a black male in his early 20’s who was dressed in a white t-shirt and khaki pants, according to the victim.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

More Robberies In Loop

At least two people were robbed in Loop on Sunday by offenders who were on bicycles, police said.  No one is in custody for either hold-up.

In the first case, a man on a mountain bike displayed a handgun and tried to rob a victim in the first block of East Washington around 5 a.m., according to a police report. The offender fled without getting anything of value from the victim. Police said the would-be robber was black, 19-24 years old, thin, and wore a blue shirt with a Banana Republic logo, blue pants, and black shoes. He was last seen riding eastbound on Washington on a bike.

Then, just before midnight, a man was robbed by two offenders in the first block of South Dearborn. The offenders stopped the victim, punched him, and went through his pockets before fleeing southbound on Dearborn, according to police. The first offender rode a bicycle. He was a black male dressed in a maroon shirt, faded blue jeans, and white shoes. The other robber was a black male who wore a white shirt, blue jeans, and carried a book bag.

River North: Gun Charge For Homeless Man

A homeless man who took a gun out of his pocket to “adjust himself” after going to the bathroom in River North was arrested when a passer-by saw the firearm in the man’s hand, according to police.

Wakili Boyd | CPD
Officers said they were flagged down by a man who was sitting in a car near LaSalle and Chicago on the afternoon of August 8th. He told cops that a man who was pushing a cart made eye contact with him while holding a gun as he walked down the street. The man did not point the gun at him, though, the witness said.

Police found 44-year-old Wakili Boyd nearby in the first block of West Chicago. During a pat-down search, an officer found an unloaded .38 caliber handgun in Boyd’s left pants pocket, prosecutors said.

Boyd told officers that he“found the gun in his belongings” and only took it out of his pants because he had to adjust himself after going to the bathroom, police wrote in their report.

Prosecutors charged Boyd with felony possession of an unloaded handgun without a Firearm Owners ID card. Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $2,000.

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