Fears this is a new hold-up ruse
By Chinta Strausberg
CHICAGO, IL – Police continue their hunt for a man who allegedly robbed the wife of Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch Wednesday right in front of the coupleâ€™s Austin home and by a man wearing a yellow and orange neon vest.
â€œJust as my wife, I feel violated too,â€ said Hatch who is pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. â€œThis is a good neighborhoodâ€ referring to the 5700 block of Midway Park. â€œItâ€™s a cul-de-sac community. Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) lives three doors away.
â€œMy wife had parked her car right in front of our Midway Park home when around 6:40 a.m. this morning as she left for work, a man came up to her, put his gun on her nose and said, â€˜Give me your purse.â€™â€
Hatch said his wife, Priscilla, began to scream â€œto the top of her lungsâ€ attracting the attention of his neighbor who along with his dog gave chase to the robber. â€œWhen my neighbor had him cornered and he had no place to go, he pulled a gun and told him, â€˜Back the fâ€¦. off.â€™â€
In retrospect, Rev. Hatch said, â€œI should have been on the porch. Thatâ€™s my job to protect my wife,â€ he said. The couple has been married for 30 years and have four children. â€œI should have been watching her getting into the car.â€
Hatch said when he heard his wifeâ€™s screams, he rushed outside in his shorts but by that time his neighbor told him the robber had jumped over a fence and had vanished with Mrs. Hatchâ€™s purse. Hatch said his wife had all of her identification in her purse.
According to Rev. Hatch, the robber, who was about 6 feet tall, stocky, wore a tan military-colored vendetta around his mouth. He wore matching kaki pants. Hatch said the offender also wore an orange neon vest the same kind ComEd, CTA and CPS workers wear.
â€œWhen we went out to try and locate him, it wasnâ€™t easy because there are so many safety workers wearing that same color vest,â€ said Hatch. â€œThis looks like a new ruse. My wife saw him coming but she thought he was a ComEd worker. It disarmed out for a minute,â€ said Hatch referring to the orange neon vest.
â€œThis is the third robbery within a three week period and all within 500 feet of my house,â€ Hatch told this reporter. â€œThree weeks ago, a woman was robbed around 6:15 a.m.
Police asks anyone with information to call the Chicago Police Area North Division Violent Crimes at: 312.744.8261.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.