UCPD detect pattern in four Halloween night robberies

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) released two crime alerts Wednesday morning stating that they detect a pattern in four armed robberies that happened on Halloween night.

The armed robberies, which took place on Tuesday night, Oct. 31, happened at 8:30 p.m, 8:55 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

University police said on Wednesday that the location and the number of suspects indicate a pattern.

The first robbery, which took place in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue, a university student walking was approached by an unknown person who got out of a gray sedan. University police said the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s property. After taking the victim’s property, the suspect got into the car that drove away.

In the second robbery, nearly 30 minutes later, a university student walking in the 5600 block of South Kenwood Avenue was approached from behind by an unknown person. The suspect pulled out a gun and took the victim’s cell phone and wallet. The suspect fled in a waiting gray sedan that drove eastbound on 57th Street.

No one was injured in the first two robberies.

In the third robbery, the victim was walking in the courtyard of an apartment complex on South Drexel Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street and was approached from behind by three unknown people (three men and one woman). One of the suspects hit the victim with a bottle. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and wallet and fled on foot.

The victim received medical assistance on the scene from emergency responders.

In the fourth robbery, a university student was walking on the sidewalk in the 5500 block of South Drexel Avenue and was approached from behind by three unknown people (three men and one woman). One suspect claimed they had a weapon, but no weapon was seen.

One of the four suspects hit the victim while the others took the victim’s cell phone and wallet. They fled northbound on Ingleside Avenue. The victim declined medical attention.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating the robberies.

t.hill@hpherald.com