Police link group of attackers to downtown robberies, shootings and hijackings in recent days – CBS Chicago

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jun 27, 2021

CHICAGO (CBS) – A group of men attacked people in downtown Chicago – committing crimes that included carjacking, shooting and robberies.

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As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, the attacks all happened early in the morning.
On Saturday morning, three men attacked another man in the middle of the Loop at Wabash Avenue and Adams Street.

At 12:58 a.m. on Saturday, the 39-year-old victim was standing outside when three assailants exited a black sport utility vehicle and claimed his property at gunpoint. The victim refused and his attackers shot him in the ankle.

The victim was transported in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Meanwhile, the suspects got back into the vehicle to escape.

Police now link that attack to five others in the Loop and Streeterville that same morning early Saturday. The same men are suspected of committing armed robberies at the following times and locations that day:

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• At 12:02 am in the 400 block of East Erie Street;
• At 12:40 am in the 200 block of East Ohio Street;
• At 12:27 am in the 200 block of East Grand Avenue;
• At 12:51 am in the 100 block of North Michigan Avenue;
• At 2 a.m. in the 200 block of West Washington Street.

Police have also linked the same group to at least one carjacking.

At 1:45 a.m. Thursday, a 29-year-old man was sitting in a 2020 Range Rover parked in the 500 block of North Rush Street in River North when four assailants arrived on foot with handguns and ordered him to to go out. The man got out of the vehicle and the four attackers got in and left.

Police said the suspects were men in their twenties, usually wearing black ski masks and hooded sweatshirts.

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Anyone with information is urged to call Zone Three detectives at (312) 744-8263.