Frankfort police ask for public's help after teen girl robbed at gunpoint downtown | Video

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Monday, October 2, 2023
Teen girl robbed at gunpoint downtown Frankfort
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A teen girl was robbed at gunpoint in the area of 28 W. Nebraska St., Frankfort, IL, police said. The incident was caught on video.

FRANKFORT, Ill. (WLS) -- Police are asking for the public's help to track down the men caught on video allegedly robbing a teen girl at gunpoint in the south suburbs.

Frankfort police said a 17-year-old employee of a downtown business was walking to her car in a parking lot in the area of 28 W. Nebraska St. in Frankfort about 9:30 p.m. Friday when a dark sedan with one headlight drove quickly toward her.

A male passenger got out of the car, and pointed a gun at her, police said.

He was described as 6-feet tall, 200 pounds and wearing dark clothing and a cloth mask, police said.

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He took the girl's purse, according to police.

Video shows the teen running away from two men.

She was not injured, and called 911.

Police did not immediately provide any additional information about any suspects.

"It's scary. It's scary because it's right here, so it could've been any one of us, literally it's right around the corner," said Candace Opiola, office financial manager at Hart Wellness Center.

Opiola works across the street from where it happened.

"It's horrible. I mean it's unguarded, but it's life. It's unfortunate. And it stinks because we are not just safe in the suburbs just because we think we are," Opiola said.

In an area filled with restaurants and shopping, she said she does always feel safe, but, nonetheless, you still have to stay on guard.

"Honestly, the police units around here really do keep them safe around here. It feels very safe majority of the time. Evil seeps in wherever they can go," she said. "Just keep yourself safe. Do whatever you can."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Frankfort Police Investigations Unit at 815-469-9435.