Elderly woman robbed at gunpoint in Lincoln Park

An elderly woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint Wednesday morning on Chicago’s North Side.

Around 11:20 a.m., police say the female victim was on the sidewalk with her dog in the 1300 block of West Webster Avenue when an unknown man got out of a vehicle, pulled a gun and demanded her belongings.

The suspect then snatched the woman’s purse and fled in a blue Honda CRV, police said.

“It’s weird feeling fear in your neighborhood,” said Mike Walker, the victim’s son-in-law.

“She’s a hilarious lady,” Walker said. “She jokes that she got through 70 years of her life without a gun pointed in her face, so she’s in good spirits, but she’s stunned.”

The robbery happened just one block away from where Dakotah Earley nearly lost his life after being shot by another armed robber in early May.

“There have been three acts of violence within a two-block radius, and we have no confidence that perpetrators are being brought to justice,” said Walker. “We’ve talked to a handful of officers nearby in this incident and the previous incident and they sort of shrugged their shoulders and said they couldn’t do much. So we’ve lost faith in the safety of the neighborhood.”

It’s to the point where Walker and his wife are now strongly considering moving.

“We’re devastated. My wife and I bought a house here a little bit over a year ago, and we thought this was going to be our forever home,” he said.

Nobody was reported in custody.

The investigation is ongoing.


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