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Police Stepping Up Patrols In West Ridge After At Least 5 Armed Robberies — With 2 Involving Shootings

At least five people have been robbed at gunpoint in West Ridge since Friday, with two being shot during a robbery.

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WEST RIDGE — Chicago Police are increasing patrols in West Ridge after a string of armed robberies in the neighborhood, including two in which people were shot.

There have been at least five armed robberies in West Ridge since Friday, Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said in an email to constituents. In two of the robberies, the victims were shot before their attackers fled.

The incidents have been carried out by two “crews” who may also be involved in at least two other armed robberies in the area, Silverstein said.

One of the crews is believed to have four members, including a Latino man, a white man and a Black man. The other crew includes two men who were wearing masks and a woman also wearing a mask, Silverstein said.

The first robberies occurred within minutes of each other Friday morning, with the second incident resulting in the victim being shot.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, a woman was sitting in a parked car in the 6900 block of North Washtenaw Avenue when someone walked up, displayed a gun and demanded her belongings, according to police.

Minutes later, a 48-year-old man was shot in the 7000 block of North Rockwell Street after he witnessed a robbery of someone else, according to police.

The man saw a robbery occurring on Rockwell when the attackers then fired shots at him, striking him in his right foot. The victim himself then was robbed, according to police. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition.

The third robbery also ended with someone shot.

At 2:55 a.m. Sunday, a 38-year-old woman was in the 2700 block of West Rosemont Avenue when two men and one woman wearing masks approached. They robbed the woman of her purse and cell phone at gunpoint. As the woman ran away, one of the men fired a shot, striking her in her left arm, according to police.

The woman was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in good condition.

The two other robberies happened at:

  • The 3000 block of West Arthur Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Monday. A woman was driving westbound on Arthur when a car cut her off. Several people jumped out of their car, pulled out guns and demanded the driver’s belongings, police said.
  • The 2300 block of West Granville Avenue at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Two people were sitting in their parked car when another car pulled up. Multiple people walked up to the parked car and pulled out guns before robbing the occupants, police said.

Police also believe the same crews are responsible for robberies in the 2600 block of West Hollywood Avenue on Sunday morning and in the 3200 block of West Catalpa on Monday morning, according to a community alert.

Police will increase patrols near the robbery sites, and “robbery prevention missions” will be conducted in the area, Silverstein said.

“These incidents are very troubling and create a sense of fear and anxiety in an otherwise safe neighborhood,” she said in the email. “Please trust that the police are working as hard as they can to identify and arrest these criminals before additional incidents occur.”

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call area detectives at 312-744-8263.

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