Alert: Group of girls sought in armed robbery of cab drivers - FOX 32 News Chicago

Alert: Group of girls hail cab, then choke, rob driver

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert in the 2nd District of Wentworth for several armed robberies that have occurred during the month of January.

The offenders, described as six to seven African American females with a light completion between the ages of 16 and 20, enter cabs in the Loop.

Upon arrival to their destinations on the South Side, one of the girl chokes the driver with a rope or cord, while another threatens the cab driver with a knife, demanding cash. Authorities say the group then jumps out of the cab.

"Yeah, if that happen, it's scary, you know, it's very dangerous," one cab driver says.

Incidents have been recorded in the vicinity of the 4700 block of S. King Drive and the 4800 block of S. Forrestville.

One cab driver told FOX 32's Amara Walker that the robberies don't surprise him and safety is always a concern. Cab driver Ahmad Shakir says he's been robbed before.

"As far as safety is concerned, we should divert going in the dark areas where there are not people, silent areas, or alleys," Shakir says.

It is unclear how much cash the suspects took in these incidents.

No one was seriously injured in these robberies, but the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity immediately.

If you have any information about this incident, call the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at 312-747-8380.

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