With three retired police officers in his family, including himself, 80-year-old Wilbert Allen said he is determined to catch the four young women who beat him with his own cane and robbed him.
"I want them in jail," he said.
Allen was driving in his 1999 beige Toyota Camry around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, he said, when the four women jumped in. "Usually I lock the doors," he said, "but didn't."
The women, described as being in their 20s, made him go to 69th and Parnell, he said, and then sprayed his eyes with pepper spray and beat him in the head and legs with his own cane.
"They took my wallet and my star," Allen said. "And the cash in my pocket."
Two of the women grabbed each of his legs and dragged him out of the car, he said. They drove off and left him there. His son-in-law, Joseph Brown, says the family doesn't know if they left him for dead.
Allen was treated and released from Mercy Hospital late Wednesday.
"I would have shot them," Allen said if he still carried a weapon.
On the CPD force for 33 years, Allen worked as a detective then at City Hall licensing. Before that he was a CTA bus driver and even worked for the state. He retired in 1988.
Police continue to search for the women. They say there is no pattern of similar attacks.
How the women got in the car is still being investigated.