Officers had police IDs, badges, firearm owner identification cards taken
Two off-duty Chicago police officers became victims of a robbery on Friday night in the bustling South Loop neighborhood. The incident unfolded around 11 p.m. as the officers, along with a city Aviation Department employee, were making their way to their vehicles on 23rd Street near Wabash Avenue.
According to details from a police report obtained by the Sun-Times, the trio was confronted by an armed assailant donning goggles. The situation escalated when the gunman pointed his firearm at one of the officers, a 30-year-old woman, instructing her not to reach for her badge as she attempted to retrieve it from her purse.
Among the items stolen during the brazen attack were the officers' Chicago police IDs, badges, and firearm owner identification cards. The assailant also seized a city Department of Aviation ID and badge from the third victim. Following the robbery, the suspect swiftly fled to the northeast corner of 23rd Street and Wabash Avenue, making a daring escape on a black and gray motorcycle, heading south on Wabash Avenue.
As of now, no suspects are in custody, raising concerns about the safety of residents and law enforcement officials in the area. This incident comes on the heels of another off-duty CPD officer being robbed in the Portage Park neighborhood on November 27, contributing to a troubling trend of armed hold-ups reported across the city.
The surge in crime is further underscored by a WBEZ analysis, revealing that over 1,000 robberies were reported citywide in each of the months of August, September, and October. This marks the first time in a decade that monthly robbery totals have surpassed 1,000 for three consecutive months, indicating a substantial increase in criminal activities and posing significant challenges for law enforcement and city officials.