Chicago police are looking to identify a machete-wielding man who robbed at least six people in separate incidents in the city’s northwest, police said.
The incidents occurred between May 27 and June 3, according to a community alert released by police on Saturday. During each robbery, the unidentified assailant, armed with a machete, approached the victim and then asked for his personal belongings, police said.
The assailant then fled in a silver four-door sedan, authorities said. In one of the thefts, the sedan appeared to have been driven by a second person.
The suspect is wanted for the following facts:
- Block 3000 of North Christiana Avenue on May 27 at 7:58 p.m.
- Block 3200 of North Monticello Avenue on May 30 at 11:45 p.m.
- Block 4100 of West Fletcher Street between May 30 at 11:45 p.m. and May 31
- at 12:10 a.m.
- Block 3300 of North Monticello Avenue on June 3 at 9 p.m.
- Block 4000 of West Eddy Street on June 3 between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Another similar robbery happened on Sunday night, when a man was attacked by a machete-wielding suspect while delivering pizza to his toddler.
Benjamin Martinez said he was on the corner of North Troy Street and West Grace Street when he heard a parking lot and a door slam.
“I heard the guy in the back say give me your money,” Martinez said. “He had his hand up. I said I had no money and when he walked up I noticed it was a machete.”
Martinez told NBC 5 he threw the pizza at his attacker, losing his balance and injuring his elbow and knee in the fall.
“He raised his hand with the machete like he was going to hit me,” Martinez said. “I said wait I’ll give you the wallet.”
Following the thefts, residents are advised to pay close attention to anyone suspicious loitering in the area. They are also asked to ensure existing surveillance cameras are working, call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offenders, including any vehicle description and license plate information.