Two victims lured into SUV, robbed at gunpoint. Rob Elgas reports.
Chicago Police have issued an alert to residents in the South Chicago District after two armed robberies where the assailant posed as a police officer.
Police say in both cases, the man was driving a tan SUV with temporary license plates and pulled over to talk to an individual on the sidewalk while claiming to be a federal officer named Agent, or Officer Franklin.
The man did not display police credentials nor was he wearing an uniform.
In each case, the victim was lured in the vehicle under the premise of a criminal investigation and driven a short distance away. After parking the SUV, the driver produced a silver semi-auto handgun and robbed the individual.
Police say the first incident occurred on Sept. 15 on the 7700 block of South Colfax Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. The second incident occurred on Sept. 24 on the 8100 block of South Paxton Avenue at approximately 2:10 p.m.
The suspect is described as a black male between 40-50 years old, around 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He's bald with sideburns that grow into a goatee or mustache, with a medium to dark complexion.
Police say the vehicle is possibly a late-model Mercury Mountaineer.
Authorities say anyone identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer will have identification and will readily show it.
Anyone with information is asked to call (312)747-8273, or send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org