Gun-toting thugs attack woman in affluent Chicago North Side neighborhood as officials pass blame

Violent crime in Chicago has been the subject of headlines for some time now, but an attack on a woman in an upscale residential neighborhood has rattled residents who see “a lot of finger-pointing” but little in the way of solutions to the city’s ongoing crime surge.

Over Labor Day weekend, several men pulled up to a woman outside her home on Chicago’s North Side, jumped out, shoved a gun in her face, tackled her to the ground, and robbed her.

The shocking assault took place in broad daylight on a quiet, affluent street and was caught on a door camera belonging to the woman’s neighbor.


(Video: Fox News)


Bill Pollard, who lives in the neighborhood where homes go for more than a million dollars, said, in the aftermath, everyone is playing the blame game.

“There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on,” Pollard told “Fox & Friends First” co-host Todd Piro of the community’s reaction to the frightening attack. “The local politicians, the police, the prosecutors… all trying to identify that someone else is to blame for the issue.”

“I think there’s plenty of blame, unfortunately, to go around,” he continued. “I think what our neighborhood and what our folks… are more focused on is how do we minimize this from happening again and protect ourselves and keep ourselves, you know, aware and vigilant?”

Crime in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Windy City has skyrocketed.

“According to the Chicago Police Department, crime is up 37%, burglaries 28%, robberies 18%, and car theft 64%,” Fox News reports.

Over Labor Day alone, 10 people were killed and 48 others were wounded, including a 13-year-old boy, and for Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, that was an improvement. Compared to last Labor Day weekend, “shooting victims were down 23 percent” compared to last year.

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Meanwhile, a man was stabbed to death in the Loop on Tuesday night, causing some residents to fear for their safety.

“Police say he was approached by someone or a group of people and was stabbed multiple times,” ABC7 reported. “He then walked about a block away for help before collapsing near Van Buren and Financial Place.”

Being vigilant, said Pollard, is crucial.

“I’m vigilant, and I’m… thoughtful about… what I do out in the neighborhood… keeping an eye out,” he said. “When you hear the pattern of how this happened… you’re looking more closely at cars slowly driving down the street. So it’s more about self-awareness and… individual kind of accountability for yourself and your surroundings.”

But, as Pollard noted, it is “naïve” to think anyone is safe in 2022.

“I would think we would be very naïve to believe that it’s just… the environment that… we all live in right now,” he said. “I think there’s a degree of concern that we all should have for our own safety.”


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