Woman says preparation saved her life when she was robbed at gunpoint in Bucktown – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) –A Chicago woman spoke out for the first time on Wednesday after being targeted and robbed by a crime team in Bucktown.

The victim told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot that she was able to remain somewhat calm throughout the ordeal.

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After hearing about all the carjackings and armed robberies in the newspapers, Alicia Fierro constantly replayed scenarios in her mind if she was ever a victim.

She ended up being a victim, and she believes the preparation is what saved her life.

“Intrusive, and it hurts,” Fierro said.

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Fierro was describing how she felt after being the victim of an armed robbery in Bucktown on Monday night. She said she had always had in mind that she could be hijacked or stolen.

“I got the ‘What would I do? “Conversation with myself, a lot,” said Fierro, “and I think some of those conversations that I’ve had with myself have helped me stay calm like I was. “

Fierro has always regarded Bucktown as his sanctuary.

“It’s a beautiful neighborhood,” she says. “There are families. There are dogs. It feels good. It’s a neighborhood where you feel good.

But the tranquility that Fierro has grown to love about the community was shattered on Monday night.

“As soon as I saw the gun on me, I just went like that!” she said, raising her hands in the air.

Nest camera video shows Fierro arriving at 8:11 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of West Wabansia Avenue. She was driving her white 2013 Range Rover.

Seconds later, a brown sport utility vehicle with several men inside pulled out of the lane. Police said the SUV was involved in four crimes in Bucktown and Wicker Park on Monday night, ranging from car hijacking to armed robbery with Fierro.

The driver of the brown SUV was seen heading east on Wabansia Avenue, then slowly backed up – ending up right next to Fierro in his SUV.

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“They were backing up, and I think they’re going to pull over to the place behind me, so I watch them, waiting to open my door – when he opens his door and walks out with the gun pointed at me, says- she.

“He said, ‘Where’s the money? Where is the money?’ And I said, ‘It’s all in this bag,’ ”Fierro said. “Then he asked me several times, ‘What’s the code? And he was referring to my phone and I said to him.

On the Nest camera video, a male voice says, “Unlock it!”

The thieves demanded that Fierro unlock his cell phone and wanted the PIN codes for all of his debit cards.

“And what I said to myself is, nothing beats my life,” Fierro said.

She handed over her phone and purse. The Chicago-based professional photographer said the thieves also took away a bag containing $ 6,000 of photographic equipment.

Fortunately, they did not get the engagement photos she had just taken a few hours earlier.

“I’m so grateful for it, because it would have hurt,” Fierro said.

The thieves didn’t notice that Fierro was wearing a strap around his neck. On the strap were two cameras and lenses worth $ 11,000.

Those newly taken engagement photos were on those cameras.

While Fierro says she feels victimized on many levels, she has compassion for the young men who robbed her.

“My greatest sadness is only with the children who are sucked into these patterns,” she said.

Fierro said the experience had made her want to make a difference, whether that was mentoring young people or activating the community.

“It was the fire that was kindled and the change in me,” she said. “We have to come together. We need to come together as a community. Meet your neighbors. Pay attention to each other.

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As of Wednesday evening, no one was in custody in the theft or the other incidents involving the brown SUV.

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