CHICAGO — A woman was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon as she returned to her Lincoln Park home with her young child.
In an email to constituents, Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd) said a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon robbed a woman of her wedding ring and iPhone about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood avenues. The woman was not injured, Smith said.
Smith said Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris of the Town Hall District, said the robber was a Hispanic male wearing black pants, a grey hooded sweatshirt and black shoes. A police spokeswoman confirmed a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 2600 block of North Mildred Avenue, but had no additional information.
A witness, who did not want to be named, told DNAinfo Chicago she saw the gunman run from an alleyway in the 2600 block of North Mildred Avenue and heard a woman screaming. The witness then called 911 and said officers responded to the scene very quickly.
The witness said the woman, who was pushing her young child in a stroller, told police the suspect pointed the gun at the stroller during the robbery. Smith's email did not include details about a child being present.
"It's very sad," the witness said. "It happened in the middle of the day...It was definitely scary."
Lincoln Park resident Mallika Das, later walking her dog past the scene of the robbery, also said she was shocked to hear about the brazen crime.
"It's unbelievable actually...I take him for walks here late at night," Das said, referencing her dog. "It's not like this is an isolated intersection."
Police patrols have increased around the area, Smith said.
Earlier, a Lincoln Park jewelry store was robbed, and two employees were tied up at gunpoint.
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