U. of C. campus locked down

A car pursued by City of Chicago Police during a high-speed chase following a robbery sits where the suspects abandoned it after a crash on the North Midway Plaisance just west its intersection with S. Woodlawn Avenue. (Photo by Marc Monaghan)

By AARON GETTINGER
Staff Writer

The University of Chicago campus was placed on lockdown and a shelter-in-place order was issued shortly after noon on Monday.

The orders followed a robbery at a Morgan Park strip mall that led to a high-speed chase that culminated in a multi-vehicle wreck on the Midway Plaisance. The robbery suspects fled the wreck and headed onto the U. of C. campus, sparking a search by U. of C. and Chicago police, including K-9 units.

The university implemented the shelter-in-place at 12:06 p.m., and it stayed in effect until 12:49 p.m., after all suspects had been detained.

A City of Chicago police officer searches the copse near the Linnaeus statue on the Midway shortly after robbery suspects abandoned their vehicle following a high-speed chase and a crash. (Photo by Marc Monaghan)

A University spokeswoman said the U. of C. and Chicago police departments searched for and apprehended five suspects, four of them on campus. They were wanted as suspects in the armed robbery on the 1700 west block of 119th Street at 11:23 a.m. The Chicago Police confirmed that charges are pending.

“We are grateful to officers with the UCPD and CPD for their work in keeping our communities safe,” said the U. of C. spokeswoman.

A man who did not want to be identified said he was the motorist who struck the suspects after they ran through a red light going westbound on the Midway Plaisance at Woodlawn Avenue. The suspects hit at least two additional, parked vehicles, and the man said he saw a suspect flee from the vehicle towards campus.

“These things happen on the South Side,” the victim said at the scene. “I’m just glad I had my seatbelt on.”

The police scanner indicated that K-9 units were involved in the search and that two offenders were arrested on the fourth floor of Saieh Hall, 5757 S. University Ave. U. of C. personnel confirmed that “dozens” of police officers searched Saieh Hall for the suspects.

a.gettinger@hpherald.com