CHICAGO — Police believe at least 10 armed robberies were committed within an hour from the Loop to the North Side overnight.
Latest police records show robberies for the area were up 54% from 2021 and city-wide robberies are up more than 25% from last year.
“That’s just shocking and it was unbelievable,” said North Side resident Samantha Gada.
In the first incident reported by police around 12:50 a.m., a 78-year-old man was walking near the 1900 block of West Wolfram Street when he was approached by six male offenders.
The individuals demanded the man to hand over his belongings and he complied. One of the individuals struck the man before fleeing in a dark-colored sedan.
“I couldn’t believe that people would do something so inhumane, especially, not that it should be done to anyone, but such an elderly man who’s defenseless,” Gada said.
The man was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital and has since been released.
The 78-year-old man told WGN News he’s thankful to be alive, but is shaken up. He said he suffered lacerations to his head and face during the incident, as well as an injury to his knee.
The 78-year-old man, who is an armed services veteran, said his military training kicked in and he tried to push his attackers away from him, who were able to get away with some of his personal belongings, including several hundred dollars in cash.
VIDEO: 78-year-old man robbed and battered on North Side
According to police, three armed robberies took place close to 1:00 a.m. In all incidents, victims were approached by four individuals, demanding their belongings. Two individuals were armed.
Police said a 32-year-old woman was walking near the 2800 North Lincoln Avenue when she was approached by the individuals who demanded her belongings. The woman complied and one of the offenders struck her on the head before leaving.
The offenders entered a dark-colored sedan and fled.
In another incident, a 53-year-old man was walking in the 700 block of West Belmont Avenue when he was approached by four individuals who demanded his belongings. The man complied and one of the offenders struck the man on the head before they fled.
“It just goes to show the extent of how bad crime’s gotten in the city,” Gada said.
There is currently no one in custody and police are investigating.