Rev. Hatch’s Wife Robbed by Man Wearing Public Safety Vest

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 couple’s Austin home and by a man wearing a yellow and orange neon vest.

“Just as my wife, I feel violated too,” said Hatch who is pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. “This is a good neighborhood” referring to the 5700 block of Midway Park. “It’s a cul-de-sac community. Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) lives three doors away.

“My 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, ‘Give me your purse.’”

Hatch said his wife, Priscilla, began to scream “to the top of her lungs” attracting the attention of his neighbor who along with his dog gave chase to the robber. “When my neighbor had him cornered and he had no place to go, he pulled a gun and told him, ‘Back the f…. off.’”

In retrospect, Rev. Hatch said, “I should have been on the porch. That’s my job to protect my wife,” he said. The couple has been married for 30 years and have four children. “I should have been watching her getting into the car.”

Hatch said when he heard his wife’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. Hatch’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.

“When we went out to try and locate him, it wasn’t easy because there are so many safety workers wearing that same color vest,” said Hatch. “This looks like a new ruse. My wife saw him coming but she thought he was a ComEd worker. It disarmed out for a minute,” said Hatch referring to the orange neon vest.

“This is the third robbery within a three week period and all within 500 feet of my house,” Hatch told this reporter. “Three 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: