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9 Logan Square Robberies, Many Targeting Lone Women, Spark Police Warning

By Mina Bloom | September 12, 2017 3:22pm | Updated on September 13, 2017 9:59am
 The crimes happened at varying times between Sept. 6 - 9, according to police.
The crimes happened at varying times between Sept. 6 - 9, according to police.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square and the surrounding area saw at least nine robberies within a four-day span, according to police.

The crimes happened at varying times from Sept. 6-9, according to a police alert issued late Tuesday.

Police said the "majority" of the victims were lone women, but there were no other discernable patterns. Some of the attackers traveled in groups of two, others traveled in groups of eight. Some were described as having ponytails, others with braids. In some of the incidents, the attackers pulled out a gun.

The incidents happened:

• Sept. 6, about 9:42 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Homer Street

• Thursday, about 1:23 a.m. in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue

• Thursday, about 2 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Belden Avenue

• Saturday, about 12:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of North Fairfield Avenue

• Saturday, about 1 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Spaulding Avenue

• Saturday, about 1:17 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Campbell Avenue

• Sunday,  about 2:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of North Sawyer Avenue

• Sunday,  about 5:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of West North Avenue

• Sunday, about 7:35 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Palmer Street

Anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives at 312-744-8263.

The latest incident happened Sunday around 7:35 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Palmer Street, according to Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

A 23-year-old woman was walking when two men approached her, took out a small handgun and demanded her belongings, according to Carroll. The woman complied, and the men ran off with her purse.

Police described the first suspect as a black man between 20 and 23 years old, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds with short black hair and a dark complexion.

The second suspect was described as a black man between 20 and 23 years old, between 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11, weighing between 170 and 180 pounds with black braided hair and a dark complexion.

The woman was uninjured.

A 33-year-old woman was the victim of an armed carjacking around 1:15 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Campbell Avenue in Avondale, according to police.

The woman was in her 2014 black Jeep Grand Cherokee when another car pulled up and two men got out, took out a handgun and demanded her car, police said. The men pressed the gun into her body before the woman complied and got out of the car, according to police.

The men got away with the car, in addition to the personal belongings inside, including the woman's credit cards, computer and cellphone, police said.

The woman didn't suffer any injuries.

About five minutes earlier, a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 2600 block of North Spaulding Avenue, according to police.

The 26-year-old woman was walking on the block when two men got out of their car, ran up behind her and pushed her to the ground before pressing a gun to her body and demanding her belongings, police said. The attackers got away with the woman's purse and another items.

The woman suffered from "blunt trauma" as a result of the push, but refused medical attention, police said.