Chicago Police Department detectives issued an alert this weekend about two armed robberies that occurred 20 minutes apart last Tuesday morning, May 24th, in Rogers Park.
In both incidents, the victims were approached by a man who was armed with a handgun and announced a robbery, then took the victims’ property.
One robbery happened at 1:00 a.m. on the 1400 block of West Arthur and the other robbery happened at 1:20 a.m. on the 1200 block of West Columbia.
Police described the suspect as a 180-pound, 5-foot-11 black man, between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Police do not believe these robberies are related to the three strong-arm robberies, which occurred earlier this month. In those incidents, multiple assailants attacked their victims using fists and no weapons were brandished.
In response to the recent incidents, 24th District Police Commander Roberto Nieves has added more officers to his burglary and robbery team and shifted their deployment.
Police urge you to do the following:
- Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk along well lit areas and avoid alleys.
- Report any suspicious people or activity in the area.
- Be aware of any subjects loitering in the area.
- If confronted by an assailant, remain calm and remember any unique
physical characteristics (scars, tattoos, missing teeth, etc.).
- Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on the scene when possible.
If you have any information that might lead to the apprehension of the offenders, please contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North at (312) 744-8263. Of course, if you see any suspicious activity, call 911.
I will keep you apprised on any further developments.