CHICAGO (WLS) — More and more street vendors in Little Village have been targeted by armed robbers and they are calling for more police patrols to protect them.
Maria Aguilar said Thursday it was the seventh time she had been robbed at gunpoint while working as a street vendor in Little Village. She said she was afraid to come back if there weren’t more police in the area.
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Aguilar said four men armed with semi-automatic rifles fired into a white four-door sedan, pointed a gun at his head and demanded his belongings.
Chicago police said the incident happened just before 6:30 a.m. on West 26th Street and St. Louis Avenue.
Aguilar said she was serving a customer at the time, who was also robbed.
Members of the Little Village Community Council are now calling for more police to patrol the neighborhood between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The group held a press conference and then proceeded inside the 10th District headquarters, hoping to meet the commander.
Aguilar said the thieves got away with just $75. No arrests were made.
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