Police say a group armed and violent suspects committed six back-to-back robberies in the South Loop and Hyde Park over the weekend.
Chicago police issued a community alert after there were five attacks in the South Loop and a sixth near the University of Chicago in Hyde Park from Friday into Saturday morning. In each case, the suspects used the same tactics: after approaching the victims, one pulls a semi-automatic handgun, then they demand property and money. In some cases the victims have been beaten up.
“To hear that there’s armed robberies is kind of shocking and upsetting," said South Loop resident Amber Reese.
Officials released an image of the suspects, which they say is a group of two or four men who would flee in a gray four-door car after each robbery. The first, according to police, happened at about 10:20 p.m. Friday near the corner of 23rd Street and Wabash Avenue in the South Loop. All of the others took place in the early-morning hours between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
"I’m not surprised. I’ve lived here my whole life," Jonathan James said. "As long as I’ve lived here, people have been getting robbed and shot and everything else. It’s the city.”
South Loop resident Terrell Weed says he’s surprised to hear of robberies in what he says is a normally safe neighborhood.
"I think it’s crazy, because I’m headed to work around four or five in the morning,” Weed said. “I usually come here to this area to get away from the chaos toward the South Side of chicago, so now that you hear the chaos is all over the city, it’s like: where do you go for sanity?”
The South Loop robberies were also all near McCormick Place.
“I do know that the convention center is pretty close. And because there’s a lot of people from different areas, it’s a big target for people who might have some money," South Loop resident Amber Reese said.
The six robberies happened:
10:20 p.m. Sept. 14 in the 2300 block of South Wabash
3:14 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park
5:07 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 0 to 100 block of East 21st Street
5:18 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 2400 block of South Indiana
7:11 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 0 to 100 block of East 21st Street
7:09 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 2300 block of South Wabash
Anyone with information is asked to call police.