'It's terrifying!': Neighbors stunned after Chicago woman robbed by 3 masked men at gunpoint in broad daylight
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: The Chicago police are hunting for three armed gunmen who attacked and robbed a woman in broad daylight, in a district that is usually bustling and has a reputation for being safe. Three masked people exited their black car and approached this unaware woman who was casually walking down the street and robbed her of her belongings. The incident was caught on a camera which was overlooking the street.
The incident caught on surveillance camera took place in the 2900 block of North Seely Avenue at 3 pm on Sunday, September 4, when a black car approaching suddenly stopped, and three masked men exited the vehicle. They attacked the 45-year-old woman who was frightened by the gun. The masked trio shoved the defenseless woman to the ground as they stole her possessions. The woman can be heard screaming. The entire incident lasted 20 seconds as they rushed to their vehicle and fled the scene. The stolen possession consisted of the woman's fanny pack that contained her wallet, keys, and phone, as per CWB Chicago. Check out the video of the incident below. So far, no arrests have been made and the police are looking for the armed men accused of robbing.
Chicago residents worried after daylight robbery
Bill Pollard, a resident of Chicago, got candid while talking to WGNTV and talked about the rising crime in a neighborhood. Pollard said, "Never would’ve expected anything like this on this kind of a block. Listening to the video, you could hear the woman screaming in the background and we’re trying to figure out exactly where it was. Was it on our block? Was it somewhere in the neighborhood? It kind of takes a little bit of the shine off of this bubble that you sometimes feel that you live in, right? You know, kids play in the park, neighbors walking up and down the street and now rather than just walking around, you may have to look over your shoulder every now and then."
Marna Goldwin, a Lakeside resident, told NBC News, "We're willing to step up in any way we can, but we haven't seen that leadership from officials. We also need guidance as to what we should be doing to keep this neighborhood as safe as possible." Another resident who was taken aback by this incident said, "I want my kid to ride a bike down the street. I want them to be in the front yard without worrying about what’s gonna happen in the middle of the day. It’s not nine at night. This is 3 pm Our kids are coming home from school." Another resident said, "It's terrifying! It's the middle of the day and they attacked her."