During a Nov. 17 rally and march that started at 900 N. Massasoit, dozens of community members, galvanized by the Westside Health Authority’s Good Neighbor Campaign, gathered to send a message that a recent spate of armed robberies in the area won’t be tolerated. 

Since late September, according to Chicago Police Department data, at least 13 armed and strong armed robberies have taken place in the 15th District, six of them have happened on between the 800 and 1100 blocks of North Massasoit. The earliest incidents have taken place at 9:30 a.m. (Oct. 15, on the 100 block of North Massasoit) while the latest incident has happened at 11:30 p.m. (Oct. 28, on the 5900 block of West Division). 

“In each incident, the offender(s) approached the victims while they are walking alone or seated alone in their vehicles,” the police stated. “The offenders then strike the victims or produce a weapon and demand the victim’s property and/or vehicles.” 

According to police, between two and six offenders, all of the black males between 16 and 21 years old, have been suspected in the robberies.

“The offenders usually approach the victims with their hoods up or wearing masks,” police said. “At least one of the offenders has dreadlocks and another may have three tear drops tattooed on his face.” 

Anyone with information on the incidents are asked to contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263. 

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