A robber at gunpoint on the loose targeting elderly people in the back streets of Gage Park



CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was robbed at gunpoint while the sun was still up in the Gage Park neighborhood this week – and it appears the shooter may be linked to other armed robberies in the southwest of the city.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported on Friday night, police believe the same car was involved in two brazen armed robberies – the targets being elderly people walking down lanes or entering garages.

One of the victims was a grandfather, who recalled his fear when it was pointed at him on Wednesday evening.

“Frozen – like complete shock, just completely frozen,” the victim said in Spanish with his grandson interpreting.

Here’s why — surveillance video shows a man jumping out of a silver-gray Kia into the driveway behind the 5200 block of South Artesian Avenue around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The man then ran into a garage with a gun and caught the grandfather off guard.

“And he was like, ‘Give me your wallet,'” the grandfather said.

Seconds before the robbery, the video shows the grandfather entering the garage. The man’s wife caught the thief pointing the gun at her husband’s chest from the backyard.

“Even if she wanted to do something, she knew that if she had done something, it could have been even worse,” said Eric Rojas, the victim’s grandson.

While Rojas’ grandfather was too scared to show his face for this story, Rojas himself is furious.

“These are old people. These are people who are generally thought to be unable to defend themselves,” Rojas said. “Yet you’re here pointing a gun at them – yelling in their face.”

It turned out the thief had punched another man in another alley in Gage Park a few blocks away a week earlier. At 2:56 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, a man was seen getting out of the same silver-gray Kia with a gun in the alley behind the 5500 block of South Fairfield Avenue.

Police say the thief searched the victim’s pockets and took his personal belongings, then jumped into the Kia and drove off.

“The fact that it’s the same individual and it happened five or six days apart – it’s really concerning that no one in the neighborhood had a clue,” Rojas said. .

The same car was spotted in both robberies, but Chicago police did not issue a community alert.

“I feel like they should have at least alerted people nearby that there was an incident,” Rojas said.

Gage Park’s lanes are narrow, forcing people back into their garages and making them easy targets. Meanwhile, you can find many security cameras nearby, but the shooter of these thefts don’t care.

“If someone is willing to go out in broad daylight in alleys with cameras, what’s going to stop them?” Rojas said. “What’s going to stop him from going out at night? What’s going to stop him from pushing his luck and taking something else?”

The police have no one in custody. Members of the community want the thief arrested – because they fear that if he strikes again, he will use the weapon with which he committed these thefts.


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