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String of Armed Robberies Committed in Under 40 Minutes Hits Chicago's North Side

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Four overnight incidents in Chicago prompt police investigation

A series of armed robberies struck the North Side of Chicago overnight, with reports indicating that four separate incidents occurred within a 40-minute timespan. The Chicago Police Department is actively investigating these incidents, which have left residents and authorities alarmed.

According to police sources, the armed robberies took place in various locations on the North Side. The initial robbery occurred around 11 p.m. in Lincoln Park. During this incident, four men exited a white SUV and, at gunpoint, seized the purse of a 42-year-old woman as she walked along the sidewalk in the 900 block of West Armitage Avenue. The victim emerged from the encounter without sustaining any injuries, as confirmed by law enforcement authorities.

Approximately 15 minutes later, three individuals emerged from a white SUV and, according to authorities, forcibly seized a 31-year-old man's cellphone and wallet at gunpoint. The victim, as confirmed by the police, did not sustain any injuries during the incident. This occurrence took place while the victim was walking along the sidewalk in the 1700 block of West Hubbard Street in the West Town neighborhood.

Subsequently, at approximately 11:20 p.m., four men disembarked from a white SUV and, under the threat of firearms, took cellphones and wallets from a 56-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman. This incident transpired in Lincoln Park, precisely in the 600 block of West Armitage Avenue. Police have affirmed that both victims emerged unharmed from the encounter.

Later, at 11:40 p.m., four men exited a white SUV and, employing firearms, confiscated a 27-year-old woman's purse. This incident occurred while she was walking along the sidewalk in the 1400 block of North Halsted Street in the River North neighborhood. Law enforcement has reported that the woman did not sustain any injuries during this incident.

The first-hand accounts of victims reveal that they were confronted by armed individuals who demanded valuables, raising fears about the safety of residents in the area. The incidents occurred swiftly, with the suspects making their escape before authorities could apprehend them.

According to law enforcement, detectives have not yet identified a discernible pattern or link among the robberies. However, these incidents all shared a common characteristic. They all involve a group of three to four men and a white SUV. At present, no individuals suspected of involvement are in custody, and the police have initiated an investigation.

Chicago police are working to gather evidence, including surveillance footage and witness statements, to piece together the events and identify the perpetrators responsible for these alarming armed robberies. Residents are urged to exercise caution and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

The North Side community and local law enforcement are cooperating to ensure the safety and security of residents. As investigations continue, authorities are asking anyone with information regarding these robberies to come forward and assist in resolving these cases promptly.

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