CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert after a series of armed robberies allegedly committed by the same group of suspects over the past week.
According to the Chicago Police Department, at least 20 suspected related armed robberies have been reported in the city’s Near North and West Side neighborhoods since Tuesday, December 19.
While in a handful of cases the victims were physically unharmed, CPD said that in at least seven of the incidents, the victims were allegedly struck in the head or face with the butt of a handgun.
Three other victims were also shot during armed robberies over the past two days, which detectives believe are linked to the same group of suspects.
Police said in most incidents, between three and four suspects, described as men aged 17 to 25, wearing dark clothing and ski masks, approached the victims after getting out of a Nissan White maxima. In at least one incident, the suspects reportedly arrived in a blue sedan, possibly a Nissan.
In those incidents, the suspects, according to CPD, robbed the victims at gunpoint. In one case, investigators said the suspects pointed a gun at a witness to a robbery before chasing that victim into an alley.
In one of the incidents, a suspect pointed a handgun at a victim after she witnessed a robbery. The victim was then chased by three suspects into an alley.
Detectives said the incidents occurred between December 19 and 27, often in the morning, between 3:45 a.m. and just after 7 a.m.
No suspects have been arrested at this time and the investigation into all incidents continues, police said.
CPD reports the suspects are currently using a gray or silver SUV for their latest armed robberies.
Police also reported that an attempted armed robbery occurred Monday in the 4300 block of West Armitage Avenue in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood, where a 29-year-old man was shot in the thigh .
It is unclear whether this case is under investigation because it is related to one of the other incidents listed in Wednesday’s community alert.
A master technician and sales representative for Universal Security, Brandon Pina, also lives in the Hermosa neighborhood where the incidents occurred.
Pina said he wants to see the violence stop and is concerned about the impact of recent crimes on family businesses and people living, working and going to school in the neighborhood.
The Chicago Police Department would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings, never resist during a robbery, take note of any physical characteristics, and call 911.
If a witness to the incident is approached, CPD recommends requesting their contact information and providing it to authorities.
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