Chicago: Gunman robs taxi driver outside River North Hotel

A taxi driver was robbed on the first block of West Illinois Street. | | Google

CHICAGO — A group of men armed with rifles and pistols attacked a taxi driver carrying passengers in River North overnight.

The 49-year-old taxi driver was outside the Hyatt Place Chicago hotel (66 West Illinois) around 5 a.m. when a white SUV pulled up next to him, according to a Chicago police report.

Reportedly, the gunman displayed at least three guns, including a rifle, and smashed the driver’s side window of the taxi to rob him.

After hold-up, the four-man crew returned to their SUV, presumably a Nissan Rogue, and headed north on Dearborn Street.

A taxi driver and his passenger were robbed in Westtown on Saturday morning.

The driver told police that four men wearing ski masks stopped next to him at about 3 a.m. on Block 2700 of West Superior. According to a Chicago police report, the group flaunted guns and stole wallets and watches. The crew also robbed the taxi driver’s female passenger before driving the vehicle.

chicago police Latest statistics reportIt was announced on Monday that robberies rose 26% in January compared to the same period last year. According to the report, the number of robberies this year is 17% higher than in 2021, 29% higher than in 2020 and 25% higher than in 2019.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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