CHICAGO (CBS) – A theft in the middle of State Street in River North early Saturday morning left two injured men and ailing businesses.
As CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei reported on Sunday evening, workers said they were concerned about increasing crime and violence in the area.
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River North, of course, is a bustling area of Chicago, home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.
An employee at a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop at 447 N. State St. said the store closed early Friday night after two men were attacked in the middle of the street.
“People have been robbed,” said Guillermo Salgudo, a Subway employee. “People got beaten up. “
Salgudo was working at the metro that night and saw a man being robbed.
“The other guy tried to defend him and then he got beaten up,” Salgudo said.
He said the crime had become very serious in the area over the past month and a half.
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“Right now we have drug dealers, a lot of prostitution, a lot of homeless people – it’s really bad here,” Salgudo said.
On State Street, just north of the Chicago River, there is a lot of frustration on the part of many store owners. The owner of a 7-Eleven said one of his managers recently quit having nightmares because of the crime in the area.
She also said that moments after Rezaei and his team came for an interview on Sunday, one of the 7-Eleven employees was pushed around by someone shoplifting.
While unable to speak on camera, the owner of 7-Eleven showed us surveillance footage of possible crowds outside the store. She said many nights – including this weekend – her employees lock themselves inside the store when the crowds outside get too large.
Neighboring workers like Salgudo said they wanted to feel safer at work – and that they wanted to see more police patrolling the area.
“We cannot defend ourselves here,” he said. “They are the only ones who can help us.
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On Sunday evening, there had been no arrests during the flight on Saturday morning.