Sunday, February 24, 2019

Woman robbed in Near North hotel elevator; Also: Man maced and robbed on Red Line near Addison

The Hotel Sofitel. | Hotel Sofitel
A woman told Chicago police that she was robbed at knifepoint in an elevator at the Hotel Sofitel, 20 East Chestnut, early Sunday morning. No one is in custody.

The victim reported that she was riding the elevator to her seventh-floor room around 4 a.m. when a man on the elevator put a knife to her throat and took her phone and purse, police said. The woman exited on her floor and called 911 for help.

The offender is described as a black male wearing a black winter cap and tan boots. He carried a book bag and wore an orange or red jacket with gray sleeves and black shoulders, the woman said.

Red Line Robbery

A Red Line passenger told police that he was pepper-sprayed and robbed of his cellphone as his train approached the Addison station around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.  The victim exited the train at the Addison stop, 940 West Addison, to meet police.

Meanwhile, the offender continued northbound on the train and likely exited at the Sheridan station, police said, noting that the victim’s phone began pinging in the area of Grace and Kenmore before it was turned off in the minutes after the incident, police said.

The victim described the robber as a black male in his mid-20’s who wore a black bubble jacket.
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