North, Near West Side businesses warned following rash of armed robberies

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Tribune reporter

3:58 PM CST, February 13, 2013


A search is under way for a man who has held up at least eleven store clerks at gunpoint on the North and Near West Sides since Jan. 18, police said today.

Most of the heists have occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 2:15 a.m. at drug stores, convenience stores or restaurants, according to an alert issued by Area North and Area Central detectives.

The latest incident happened Sunday in the 1300 block of South Halsted Street, according to the alert.

The robber, who sometimes brings an item to the counter first before demanding money from a cashier at gunpoint, even held up three different establishments in the space of a half an hour in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, the alert said.

The robber is described as an Hispanic man who is between the ages of 22 and 40. He stands 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10 and weighs between 180 and 220 pounds, the alert stated. During the robberies, he wears a dark hooded sweatshirt and, sometimes, a black knit cap, the alert said.

The following robberies are being investigated, according to the alert:

No injuries were reported.