Chicago Chinatown Experiencing ‘Cultural Enrichment,’ AKA Robberies/Shootings

July 12, 2021

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Police are warning the public about a string of armed robberies that occurred last 4th of July weekend and into the second week of July in Chinatown and River North, according to CBS2 Chicago.

Dozens of people in the Chinatown area were robbed at gunpoint in every single incident. The perpetrators were three or four men between the ages of 18 and 30, wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and face masks. No racial descriptions were given.

The incidents happened at the following times and locations, reports CBS2 Chicago

  • At 8:45 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the 200 block of West Alexander Street;
  • At 8:50 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the 2100 block of South Archer Avenue;
  • At 8:55 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the 2300 block of South Wentworth Avenue;
  • At 10:35 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the 100 block of West Grand Avenue;
  • At 10:47 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in the 200 block of West Kinzie Street.

Chinatown has also been experiencing an orgy of robberies and shootings in broad daylight as well, something not seen before. FOX32 obtained footage of an incident, which occurred on 23rd Street at 9:40 a.m. over the 4th of July weekend.

Two people are seen sitting in a dark vehicle when a white Honda Accord pulls up and starts shooting, seriously wounding a 27-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man.

Chinatown residents are also being robbed while they cross the street in front of families and children. Some children were actually robbed of their smartphones as they were watching other people being robbed while they were loading groceries into their cars.

“The criminals are emboldened,” said Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez. “They have absolutely no fear of the repercussions of the crime. Sadly, I don’t see that changing.”

Over the 4th of July weekend, 99 people were shot, 17 were killed and 11 of them were children. Many of the incidents were captured on surveillance cameras, however, the racial descriptions of the suspects are purposely being omitted for the public’s “safety.”

“Releasing footage of the assailants does nothing for the public. It only creates negative stereotypes and fuels animosity between [POC]. What we should be concentrating our efforts on is stricter gun control.”

Chicago already has one of the strictest guns laws in the United States and still manages to be one of the most dangerous cities in America.

According to FOX32, Dr. Hong Liu of the Midwest Asian Health Association says residents are afraid to go out, businesses are afraid to stay open and children can’t play outdoors due to fear of crime.

Screenshot via FOX32

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