A Chicago television news crew from Univision Chicago was robbed at gunpoint while reporting on a string of robberies in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The incident occurred on Monday at around 5 a.m.
The crew, consisting of a reporter and a photographer, were approached by three armed men wearing ski masks who demanded their personal belongings and took their television camera. The stolen camera contained footage of the story they were covering, which was subsequently not aired. The victims, a 28-year-old man, and a 42-year-old man, were outside when the robbers arrived in a gray sedan and black SUV.
After the robbery, the suspects fled in their vehicles. No injuries were reported, and the police have not made any arrests. Univision Chicago has chosen not to disclose the names of the reporter and photographer to protect their privacy. This incident follows another robbery involving a Chicago news crew earlier this month.
The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Local 41 has expressed concerns about the safety of news crews. It is working on additional safety measures, including assigning security to some TV crews.