In the May and June incidents in the 9th Police District, the offenders approached victims and demanded or took property by force. In two of the incidents, an offender brandished or implied a handgun.
The robberies occurred at:
- 3:54 p.m. May 23 on the 200 block of West 27th
- 3:45 p.m. June 4 on the 2900 block of South Wells Street.
- 11 p.m. June 10 on the 2300 block of South Archer Avenue.
The offenders in the May robbery were described as black men between 20 and 30 years of age, 5’10” to 6’ and 180 pounds.
In the robbery on Wells, the offender was described as a male black, 6’2” or 6’3” and 140-150 pounds.
The offender in the Archer robbery was described as a black man, 6’ and 40-45 years of age.
Police offered the following tips to avoid being the victim of a robbery and how to react, if robbed.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Report suspicious activity immediately.
- If confronted by an assailant, remain calm.
- Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc.)
- Never pursue a fleeing assailant. Provide the information to police.
- If video surveillance equipment is present, save a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
- If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.
- Dial 911 immediately and remain on the scene when possible.
Anyone with information about the robberies or the offenders should call the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Detectives for Area Central at 312-747-8382.