WEST RIDGE — Police are seeking help in identifying two armed groups of robbers responsible for at least nine robberies and two shootings in West Ridge this month.
The armed crews have robbed at least nine people who were in or near their parked cars in West Ridge and neighboring areas, police and officials have said. In two of the armed robberies, the attackers shot the victim and a bystander.
All nine robberies took place between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6, police said in a community alert issued Saturday. One of the robberies took place in Lincoln Square and one in North Park, while the rest happened in West Ridge.
A community alert on the armed robberies was issued last week, with police and Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) saying the crews were responsible for as many as seven crimes in the neighborhood.
Two more armed robberies have been attributed to the groups, according to police.
Police patrols have been stepped up in the area since the robberies, Silverstein said. A “community safety team” brings 10 new officers and one sergeant to the area, Silverstein said in a note to constituents Friday. There will be increased patrols, including officers in bicycle and in unmarked police cars.
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 and a woman, all wearing masks, according to police.
The second and third known robberies in the crime spree involved people being shot.
Minutes after the first armed robbery at 8:50 a.m. Oct. 2, a 48-year-old man was shot in the 7000 block of North Rockwell Street after he witnessed a someone else being robbed, 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, police said in an incident report. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition.
The third robbery happened at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 4 in the 2700 block of West Rosemont Avenue. A 38-year-old woman was outside 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 armed robberies not to involve shootings happened at:
- 1 a.m. Oct. 6 in the 2300 block of West Granville Avenue
- 11:35 p.m. Oct. 6 in the 6400 block of North Richmond Avenue
- 11:45 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 2800 block of West Carmen Avenue
- 5:45 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 3000 block of West Arthur Avenue
- 3:05 a.m. Oct. 4 in the 3200 block of West Catalpa Avenue
- 2:50 a.m. Oct. 4 in the 2600 block of West Hollywood Avenue
- 8:50 a.m. Oct. 2 in the 6900 block of North Washtenaw Avenue
The robbers have been seen leaving the crime scene in a gold Ford sedan and a gold Chevrolet SUV, according to police.
Any one with information on the cases is asked to call area detectives at 312-744-8263 and reference crime pattern 20-CWP-015 (CA).