Chicago crime: Armed group carries out 9 robberies within 1 hour on Northwest Side, police say

ByMaher Kawash and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, May 22, 2023
Armed group carries out 9 robberies within 1 hour on NW Side: CPD
A group carried out nine armed robberies within one hour in Wicker Park, Logan Square, Palmer Square, Avondale and Bucktown, Chicago police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An armed group carried out nine robberies across five Northwest Side neighborhoods within just one hour on Sunday morning, Chicago police said.

Police said the robberies happened between 12:27 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Palmer Square and Avondale. There's a sense of exhaustion and frustration among those who live in Logan Square, where three attacks happened.

In each robbery, four male offenders jumped out of their vehicle before pointing handguns at the victim and demanding their belongings, police said. In one incident, an offender hit a victim on the head with his gun.

Neighbors said crimes like this are taking away from all the good things happening in Logan Square.

"Developing a community where people can be safe, and have great time shopping and eating at the local restaurants, I think that's the goal here, and to hear that, for me, is a little depressing," said Day, who lives in the area.

The offenders are described as males, between 15 and 21 years old, who wear black hoodies and ski masks. Some said it's discouraging to hear how young these offenders are, while hoping Mayor Brandon Johnson can do more to keep the city's youth off the streets.

"He's in this position now that he can make change for Chicago and for the people," Day said. "I know he's heavily invested in schools, and I think that's where it starts. Giving kids the opportunity to express themselves, so they're not in these positions where they have to express themselves in a negative way."

The robberies come after a string of similar incidents on the Northwest Side last weekend. One of those robberies was caught on camera.

No serious injuries were reported in any of these robberies. Police are urging people to always walk with others if you can, and avoid rationalizing with the offenders during a robbery.

Sunday's robberies happened at the following times and locations:

  • 2000 Block of West Webster Ave at 12:27 a.m.
  • 1200 Block of North Damen Ave at 12:30 a.m.
  • 2700 Block of North Milwaukee Ave at 1 a.m.
  • 2200 Block of West Webster Ave at 1:03 a.m.
  • 2600 Block of North Kedzie Ave at 1:05 a.m.
  • 2900 Block of West Armitage Ave at 1:08 a.m.
  • 3000 Block of North Kimball Ave at 1:15 a.m.
  • 3200 Block of North Elston Ave at 1:26 a.m.
  • 3100 Block of North California Ave at 1:30 a.m.

Police asked anyone with information about the robberies to contact them at 312-746-7394.

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