BACK OF THE YARDS — Police are warning residents after a series of armed robberies that targeted street vendors in Back of the Yards.
In four separate robberies, a man walked up to a street vendor and demanded property, according to a community alert issued late Monday night.
The most recent robbery happened at 11:58 a.m. Monday in the 4800 Block of South Elizabeth Street.
The other incidents happened at 5:50 p.m. June 28 in the 900 block of West 50th Street; at 3:10 p.m. July 3 in the 4800 of South Justine, and at 6:30 p.m. July 8 in the 900 block of West 50th Street.
The suspect is described as an 18-22-year-old black man, 5-foot-5-inches tall, and weighing between 130-150 pounds, according to police. The man was seen driving a purple or maroon Buick Rendezvous, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8382.