CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police are talking with an individual of curiosity Tuesday in a sequence of armed robberies involving a person wielding a machete.
Residents had been warned over the weekend by a group alert from CPD concerning the armed robberies.
One in all them, from Friday evening in Avondale, was caught on safety digicam. The video reveals a person in a silver automotive pulling over within the 3300-block of North Monticello. He will get out when a lady walks down the road, approaches her demanding her property which she seems to offer to him, after which drives off.
Information of the theft unfold quick by the neighborhood, prompting Chris Griffith to test his Nest digicam.
“I used to be simply trying to see if there have been any automobiles happening the road and was shocked to search out out that it occurred proper on our steps,” he mentioned.
The robber is linked to at the least eight incidents, Chicago police mentioned.
One sufferer, who requested to stay nameless, mentioned he encountered the suspect on the evening of Memorial Day within the 2800-block of North Francisco Avenue. He mentioned a person in a darkish hoodie charged at him with a machete after which stood over him as he fell.
“I felt wind from a machete swing on my face. He mentioned, ‘I’ll chop you into items. I’ll kill you. Give me your money. Give me your pockets, or I’ll kill you. Like, give me all of your cash,'” the sufferer recalled.
He mentioned he did not have his pockets and pleaded along with his attacker, who patted him down, took his telephone after which fled in a silver or grey sedan.
“It was nuts. It was scary,” he mentioned. “I assumed I used to be going to die for certain.”
In the newest incident, a 52-year-old man strolling on the sidewalk within the 3700-block of North Troy Road at about 9 p.m. Sunday evening, police mentioned.
The sufferer’s spouse, who requested to not be recognized, mentioned her husband was on his manner dwelling and carrying a field of pizza when the suspect approached and demanded his property.
She mentioned her husband first thought he might overpower the suspect, who he described as having a small construct, till he noticed the enormous knife.
“It was very scary as a result of he advised me, ‘I consider my daughter as a result of she’s little,'” she mentioned.
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The suspect tried to strike the sufferer with the machete, which induced the sufferer to fall to the bottom, police mentioned.
She mentioned her husband ducked the suspect’s swing and fell.
“When he fell, the man tried once more with the machete, and he dropped the pockets as a result of the man mentioned, ‘gimme your cash, gimme your cash, gimme your cash,'” she mentioned.
The sufferer then threw his pockets into the road to distract the suspect and ran from the scene, police mentioned.
Within the pockets was cash her husband had been saving as much as pay for his younger daughter’s birthday presents.
She additionally mentioned the suspect might have had an confederate as a result of he grabbed her husband’s pockets and jumped into the passenger seat of a silver automotive, which sped off.
Police haven’t mentioned if the theft is said to different robberies involving a machete. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown mentioned the widespread weapon is sufficient for police to imagine they’re seemingly associated.
“We’re expending all of our sources to seize this individual as quickly as attainable. Clearly, we’re involved like each resident is that this violent individual is utilizing a weapon like a machete,” Brown mentioned.
Different robberies occurred within the:
-3000-block of North Christiana Avenue on Could 27 at 7:58 p.m.-3200-block of North Monticello Avenue on Could 30 at 11:45 p.m.-4100-block of West Fletcher Road between Could 30 at 11:45 p.m. and Could 31 at 12:10 a.m.-3300-block of North Monticello Avenue on June 3 at 9 p.m.-4000-block of West Eddy Road on June 3 between 9 and 9:15 p.m.
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