NOBLE SQUARE — Detectives are investigating a harrowing armed robbery committed by a knife-wielding man Tuesday night on a residential block in Noble Square.
About 10:50 p.m., the victims, a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, were walking in the 1500 block of North Bosworth Avenue when a man with a knife robbed them, said police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli.
The woman told Block Club she and her boyfriend were walking home and stopped briefly to look at a neighbor’s planters when the man walked up to them.
“He came very quickly out of nowhere, walked really quickly towards me,” she said. “I thought he was gonna [hassle] us. But he grabbed my shoulder jacket and yanked me towards him. He put his hand around me in a chokehold, then he put the knife against my neck.”
The woman, who Block Club is not naming, unclipped her fanny pack and handed it to the man while her boyfriend, who was standing about 6 feet away, threw his phone on the ground and screamed, “Let her go!”
The man dragged the woman to the phone and picked it up. He then mumbled something before demanding the man’s wallet.
“He was mumbling so much. My boyfriend was in a state of shock,” she said. The man “took the knife, pointed it, the point end, into my stomach. I could feel it.”
Her boyfriend threw his money clip on the ground so fast the contents scattered, the woman said, and the man spent 30 seconds picking up everything.
The man let the woman go and said, “B—-, you better run.” She took off her shoes and ran toward her home. The man had taken her keys, so the woman tried buzzing her neighbors several times. Scared he might return, she hid under the porch until she saw him drive away 30 seconds later.
A neighbor called 911 and police arrived about 20 minutes later, the woman said. Police were able to track and return the couple’s phones, which had been smashed, and found their credit cards were used.
The man also took the woman’s diamond necklace, a gift from her boyfriend, the woman said.
Police described the robber as a Black man who was 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3 and 250-270 pounds. He wore a white T-shift, black shorts and a red mask.
The man’s car was a silver SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, and he drove south on Bosworth before turning east on North Avenue, Bartoli said.
The woman, who works late nights in a veterinary emergency room, said she anticipates many nights of living in fear.
“I feel like it hasn’t really hit us that it happened yet,” she said. “We’re very city-friendly people. We walk everywhere, late at night. We’re very much Chicago people. I think it’s gonna take us a few days to realize our lifestyle will be drastically changed by our fear of leaving the house.”
Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information related to this case can call 312-746-7394 or submit a tip anonymously online.
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