CHICAGO — Five people were targeted in three separate armed robberies overnight, with incidents reported in Uptown, Lincoln Park and Noble Square, Chicago police said. The crimes have similar elements, but it is unclear if the same group of men are responsible.
Uptown, a 28-year-old man told police he was walking the 4500 block in North Hazel and was approached by three men around 1:00 am.
They showed the gun and demanded his property, but the victim tried to slap the gun and one of the assailants hit him in the face with the gun, knocking him to the ground. fled the area.
EMS transported the victim to Wyeth Hospital in fair condition, a spokesperson said.
About 45 minutes later, the three were robbed while standing together on Block 2600 of North Halstead in Lincoln Park. A police spokesperson said a gray sedan, presumably a Ford Focus, pulled up and four or five men emerged with guns.
A police spokesman said one of the robbers shot a 32-year-old woman in the head and turned over a group that included a 34-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman. their valuables. The crew fled north on Halstead Street in sedans.
The Chicago Fire Department transported the injured woman in good condition to the Advocate Illinois Freemasonry Medical Center, police said.
Finally, around 4:00 am, a 23-year-old woman was robbed on the 1100 block in North Milwaukee. She told police that a white SUV pulled up near her and three men ran off with handguns, one of whom tried to rob her of her valuables. I hit my hand. She refused to see her doctor.
Police did not release the suspect’s account of either crime.
Robbery reports this year are at their highest level since at least 2019, according to the Chicago Police Department’s latest statistical report. Robberies are up 13% year-over-year and up 28% compared to 2019.