Couple robs elderly woman after she offers to help them near North Side grocery store

CHICAGO -- A couple asked an elderly woman for help outside a North Side grocery store, but after she let them into her car, police say they forced her to withdraw money from a nearby ATM and then hand it over.

An 81-year-old woman was in the parking lot of a Lakeview Aldi's when she was approached by a Hispanic couple who asked her for assistance, and according to police, after the three of them got into the woman's car, the man said he had a gun and demanded money from her.

The couple told the woman to drive to a Central Savings Bank about a mile away near the intersection of Lincoln and Belmont. She went into the bank to withdraw money as the couple waited outside. Then when she handed over the cash, police say the couple took off on foot.

Fely Guerrero has lived in the neighborhood for more than 25 years, and says she always has her guard up.

"I'm just getting all worried about whats going on in the area, there are so many robberies going on, it's like you're not safe anymore," Guerrero said. "I'm just worried, I'm scared and that's why sometimes I don't even want to go outside."

But there's only so much police can do, so residents people say it's up to them to keep themselves safe.

"We're always hearing in the news that we should be aware of whats going on in the neighborhood I think we should be more aware and learn from that," Guerrero said.

Police do not have anyone in custody, and Area North detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.