CHICAGO — Chicago police said Tuesday that four separate incidents led to victims being temporarily abducted and robbed at gunpoint near Wrigley Field over the weekend, with all incidents occurring in the early morning hours.
Authorities said the four incidents occurred as follows:
- 3500 block of N. Clark St., Saturday, Oct. 15
- 3400 block of N. Clark St., Sunday, Oct. 16
- 1100 block of W. Addison St., Sunday, Oct. 16
- 3600 block of N. Clark St., Sunday, Oct. 16
In all four incidents, the offender(s) approach the victims from behind and order them into an awaiting vehicle. The victims were then driven around a few blocks in the area before the offenders took their wallets and phones and dropped them off at a random location, according to police.
Police described the suspects as two or possibly three Black males standing 5-foot-10-inches to 6-feet-tall, weighing 150-170 pounds. They are believed to be 25-30 years of age and armed
with a black handgun.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday weighed in on the strange crime spree.
“Obviously, we are doing tons of things to make people feel safer. The detectives are investigating and we’ve got to make sure those are modified reports,” Lightfoot said. “We continue to look for ways we can improve in safety all over the city.”
Residents say they are alarmed by the bold moves in the area, riddled with several surveillance cameras.
“It takes a lot of guts to do something like that,” said Wrigleyville business owner Adam Feathers. “Everyone in the neighborhood has always been comfortable walking down the streets. At night now, we have to keep our eyes open and look behind our backs, which is unfortunate.”
Lightfoot said Tuesday that homicides and shootings are down 17% and 19%, respectively. A closer look at CPD data shows that crime in the 19th District, where the incidents occurred, murders were up 200%. Shootings were unchanged from year to year, robberies stood at a 48% increase and crime, overall, increased by two-thirds in 2021.
“You think it’s a relatively good area to live and then you’re just reminded that stuff like this can happen,” Wrigleyville resident Joaquin Braganza told WGN News on Sunday.
An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting may leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.