Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Two arrested after North Side robbery spree; Officer injured

Locations of last night's three robberies and the subsequent arrests of two suspects.
A man and woman who committed three robberies within 90 minutes on Tuesday evening were later chased and arrested on the DePaul University campus, police said. One officer suffered a broken hip during the arrests.

Charges are currently pending, and the arrestees have not yet been publicly identified. Here is what we know so far:

Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the man and woman approached a victim on the street in the 1800 block of West Berenice. The man pulled out a silver handgun and went through the victim’s pockets, taking his cell phone. Both offenders were last seen heading southbound on Ravenswood.

One hour later, a man reported being robbed in the 2800 block of North Greenview. The victim told police that he walked past a man and a woman who were standing with a bicycle near Greenview and George. Moments later, the male offender walked up behind him and took his cash and phone at gunpoint. Both robbers then headed south on Greenview.

Then, around 9:50 p.m., two people were robbed at gunpoint in the 2600 block of North Bosworth. The victims reported that while a masked man was mugging them, a woman pedaled up on a bicycle and asked him if he “got everything.” Both offenders then left the area.

Just a few minutes later, officers on patrol saw two people matching the offenders’ descriptions near Kenmore and Belden on the DePaul University campus. Police pursued the couple and arrested the woman inside a DePaul school building. The man was arrested, and his firearm was recovered near Fullerton and Clifton. Property that was taken in the robberies was also recovered from the suspects, according to police.

An officer who fell during the arrest of the male offender suffered a broken hip, according to the police department’s chief spokesperson, Anthony Guglielmi. The officer was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he will undergo surgery, police said.

CWBChicago will update this story when charges are approved.

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