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Chicago Crime Out of Hand: Woman Shot in 1 of 14 Armed Robberies Over 3 Hrs Sunday in Multiple Areas

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Mayor must make good on campaign promise to keep city safe as surge in robberies plagues Chicago streets

In recent days, Chicago, renowned as one of the most crime-ridden cities in the nation, has experienced a concerning escalation in criminal activities. The city's law enforcement agencies are currently immersed in a comprehensive investigation into a series of robberies that occurred on Sunday morning, involving 14 victims held at gunpoint with one woman being shot.

Between 5:06 and 7:53 a.m., a total of 14 robberies were reported, spanning various neighborhoods, including the Northwest, Southwest, and West sides of the city. Each incident involved assailants getting out of a Black Audi, holding victims at gunpoint and stealing their personal belongings. In four of these robberies, the suspects resorted to physical violence, beating the victims and one victim suffered a gunshot wound.

The incidents occurred at various locations and times:

  • 1900 block of West 21st Street - 5:06 a.m.
  • 2300 block of West Cermak Road - 5:13 a.m.
  • 4700 block of South Talman Avenue - 5:29 a.m.
  • 3100 block of West 44th Street - 5:30 a.m.
  • 4700 block of Hoyne Avenue - 5:35 a.m.
  • 4700 block of Oakley Avenue - 5:45 a.m.
  • 3800 block of South Sacramento Boulevard - 5:50 a.m.
  • 5600 block of South Maplewood Avenue - 6 a.m.
  • 2900 block of West 53rd Street - 6:01 a.m.
  • 1600 block of West 38th Street - 6:30 a.m.
  • 1900 block of North Harding Avenue - 7 a.m.
  • 1900 block of North Keystone Avenue - 7:01 a.m.
  • 3700 block of West Lyndale Street - 7:20 a.m.
  • 100 block of South Sacramento Boulevard - 7:53 a.m.

The car used during these crimes was a Black Audi G5 with Illinois license plate BW72037.

This alarming surge in robberies adds to the frightening trend of heightened criminal activities in the city. Preceding this wave was a crime spree occuring on Thanksgiving morning involving 12 victims robbed at gunpoint across the Lower West Side, New City, and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods. In these incidents, two to four gunmen in dark ski caps approached individuals, pointed a gun at them and demanded their belongings before fleeing in a light- or dark-blue four-door sedan, potentially a Toyota or Hyundai.

The armed robberies took place at the following locations and times:

  • - 2300-block of West 21st Street at 7:20 a.m.
  • - 2000-block of West 23rd Street at 7:25 a.m.
  • - 1700-block of West Cermak Road at 7:30 a.m.
  • - 1900-block of West Cermak Road at 8:20 a.m.
  • - 3700-block of South Wolcott Avenue at 7:47 a.m.
  • - 4900-block of South Paulina Street at 7:55 a.m.
  • - 4700-block of South Hermitage Avenue at 8 a.m.
  • - 5800-block of South Sacramento Avenue at 8:07 a.m.
  • - 5000-block of South Fairfield Avenue at 8:08 a.m.
  • - 4700-block of South Honore Street at 8:10 a.m.
  • - 5200-block of South Rockwell Street at 8:15 a.m.
  • - 5900-block of South Mozart Street at 8:20 a.m.

Additionally, law enforcement is actively pursuing suspects involved in ten robberies occurring on Friday evening between 4 and 10:30 p.m., predominantly in the West and Northwest sides of Chicago. Two men were shot. The crimes occured in a number of neighborhoods including:

  • Austin
  • West Town
  • Cragin
  • Belmont Cragin
  • Hermosa
  • Portage Park
  • Humboldt Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Kilbourn Park

Another series of robberies occuerred when the Edgewater neighborhood witnessed a series of early-morning smash-and-grab incidents at four businesses on the 6000 block of North Broadway Street on Saturday. Thieves vandalized the front entry doors of these establishments, and broke into the cash registers as captured by security cameras. The affected businesses were:

  • Patio Beef
  • Edge of Sweetness Bakery
  • Wing Stop
  • Everything Dollar

On Sunday, a 26-year-old woman fell victim to an armed robbery while walking down a Chicago street. The assailant, driving a black vehicle, flashed a gun, forcibly taking the victim's belongings.

Chicago authorities are also investigating a series of at least four armed robberies that transpired within a brief timeframe of fewer than 10 minutes and covered approximately 2.5 miles on the evening of Sunday in the Southwest Side.

In each of the four incidents, 4 individuals in a white SUV held victums up at gunpoint forcing victims into surrendering their possessions. The crimes occured between around 5:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. across the Back of the Yards, Little Village, and Brighton Park neighborhoods.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has been criticized for not following through on his campaign promise to transform public safety. As far as crime is concerned, 2 in 3 or 66 percent of Chicagoans disapprove of Mayor Johnsons performacne. Only 25 percent of the Democrats approve of the job he is doing in regards to crime.

For the past few years, the Chicago Police Department has maintained approximately 1,000 unfilled positions, marking a reduction of 1,700 vacancies compared to when former Mayor Lori Lightfoot assumed office. However, despite the allocation of nearly $2 billion to the CPD in the mayor's initial budget, there is a strategic restructuring involving the elimination of over 800 vacant street cop roles. Simultaneously, around 400 new civilian positions are proposed to be created in lieu of the removed law enforcement positions.

As of October, the Chicago police force comprised approximately 570 civilian members with 250 civilian vacancies, as confirmed by the budget office to aldermen. The sworn positions numbered around 11,700, and under Johnson's budget plan, it is anticipated that less than half of the existing 1,440 vacancies will be filled. A public poll revealed that nearly 75% of Chicagoans expressed a desire for an increased presence of sworn police officers on the streets

Individuals possessing information related to any of the crimes discussed here are urged to contact area detectives at (312) 747-8380, (312) 744-8263, or (312) 746-8253. The Chicago Police Department is actively seeking community cooperation to address these concerning trends in criminal activities.

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