WEST RIDGE — A “person of interest” is being questioned in a string of nine armed robberies in West Ridge, two of which included people being shot, according to officials.
Detectives are interviewing a suspect in the crime spree, Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) told constituents Tuesday. No charges had been filed as of late Monday afternoon, a Chicago Police spokesperson said.
A police task force came to West Ridge after the neighborhood saw nine armed robberies and two shootings over the course of five days this month, Silverstein said previously.
In the incidents, two groups of armed robbers targeted people in or near their parked cars, displaying a gun or baseball bat before demanding the person’s money, according to police community alerts.
In one case, a bystander to a robbery was shot by the robbers in his right foot before being robbed himself, police said.
Two days later, a 38-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in West Ridge, and was shot by her attackers as she ran away, according to police.
At least seven other armed robberies are being attributed to the two groups.
One of the crews is believed to have four men. The other crew includes two men and a woman, all wearing masks, according to police.
The robbers have been seen leaving the crime scene in a gold Ford sedan and a gold Chevrolet SUV, according to police.
Silverstein said she is “confident” more arrests will be made in the case.
“Our neighborhood was shaken by the violence and brazenness of the crimes,” she said.
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call detectives at 312-744-8263 and reference crime pattern 20-CWP-015 (CA).
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