CHICAGO — Three teens are facing more than 10 felony charges each after Chicago police said they allegedly robbed several people Saturday across the city.
The boys, 15, 16 and 17, were arrested around 3:20 p.m. in the Loop.
The map below shows where the robberies happened, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The 17-year-old is charged with 11 counts of robbery while armed with a firearm and one count of attempted robbery while armed with a firearm, according to CPD.
The 16-year-old is charged with 10 counts of robbery while armed with a firearm, one count of attempted robbery while armed with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, according to CPD.
The 15-year-old is charged with 10 counts of robbery while armed with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.
A woman and her family were packing a moving truck near East 48th Street and South Calumet Avenue when they were targeted by the teens.
“These guys just came up on them in a car with guns and told them to basically empty their pockets,” said a local resident, who didn’t want to be identified.
The resident says she is disheartened that it happened, but says she is grateful that everyone is physically alright.
Neighbors said the person who was robbed on West Race Street is an out-of-state visitor who was staying in a short-term rental.
“You don’t want to walk around with your guard up in the neighborhood you live in,” Lauren Browne, a West Town resident, said.
But some people say, especially after the crime spree, it’s exactly what they plan to do.
“It’s scary, but it’s also sad that it’s these young kids because they are close to my age,” Browne said.
Louann has lived in the neighborhood for 72 years. She said her neighbor was heading to the grocery store as the armed robbery unfolded.
“They just slammed on their breaks, they jumped out of the car with the guns and he was going to take a picture of their license but the guy turned around and saw him and pointed the gun at him,” Louann said.
In the West Loop, a shot was fired when the teens tried to take a 23-year-old woman’s purse.
Louann said she feels it will take more than just Chicago police alone to combat the crime.
“It’s scary,” Louann said. “This is a very frightening time and I’m considering to move.”
No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chicago police.