A Chicago news crew was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning while reporting on a string of robberies in the city, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Three men wearing ski masks pulled up in a black SUV and a gray sedan next to a Univision Chicago reporter and photographer standing on the side of the road just before 5 a.m. in the West Town neighborhood, according to the Tribune. The alleged robbers took personal property and a camera with footage from the news crew before fleeing the scene.
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The situation was “total irony,” the reporter, who requested anonymity, said, according to Block Club Chicago. (RELATED: Chicago Crime Gets Even Worse In First Months Under New Mayor Brandon Johnson)
“As a journalist, you never want to be the story, right? You’re reporting on the story but you never think that you can become the story. That’s not why we do this,” the reporter told Block Club Chicago. “So I guess it’s another reminder of how important it is to keep doing these stories and to keep pressure on our local authorities to try to prevent more events like that.”
A string of robberies and carjackings took place in Chicago between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, according to ABC7 Chicago. At least three victims went to the hospital after several of the robberies turned violent.
Chicago robberies increased 56% during the week of Aug. 21 compared to robberies committed during the same time frame last year, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.
Univision Chicago did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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