Third community alert issued for Morgan Park


CHICAGO -- Chicago Police have issued a third community alert for the Morgan Park neighborhood following a string of car jackings and armed robberies.

The most recent attacks happened during a short period of time on Saturday morning.

At 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of West 100th Place, someone stole a Chevy Equinox and then went on a crime spree.

About an hour later, the first stop was the 2600 block of west 106th place: residents say the victim was jogging.

He was held up at gunpoint and robbed of his cellphone.

In the span of 20 minutes Saturday morning there were also armed robberies at 106th and Fairfield, 89th and Laflin and a carjacking at 88th and Eggleston.

In each case, police say the offender got out of the passenger side of the Chevy Equinox, approached the victim with a weapon and demanded property.

This is just the latest in a series of incidents alarming residents, and prompting a packed community meeting in Beverly earlier this week.  Four other carjackings and four armed robberies have been reported, since October 8 and Alderman Matt O'Shea said all of these incidents are linked to the same suspects.

Anyone with information should contact Chicago Police. The alderman says he's hopeful the suspects will be caught before someone gets hurt.

The offender is described as an African American male, 14 to 18 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 130 to 150 pounds. Police said they were wearing a black winter hat, black sweatshirt and dark jeans and was armed with a handgun.