Candidate for IL attorney general robbed at gunpoint in Chicago

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

A Democratic candidate for IL attorney general was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight on Thursday, receiving an unpleasant surprise during an afternoon campaign photo shoot on Chicago's northwest side.

Aaron Goldstein, 42, and several members of his campaign team were in the middle of taking publicity shots when the robbery happened, according to Goldstein's campaign manager.

Chicago police confirmed a robbery took place in the 4600 block of North Albany Avenue around that time. One of the men had a handgun and demanded Goldstein and the campaign aides turn over the camera equipment and other personal belongings, including their cell phones, which they did. Those included a gunman and two accomplices, all "between 20 and 24 years old". By Thursday evening, no suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery, according to police.

Murphy, a Chicago committeeman, told the Tribune that no one was harmed during the robbery, and that the campaign was assured by the police that the robbery was not a targeted act. "Basically, this was a totally a random act of violence in the community". Ironically, Goldstein is a resident of Albany Park and the Democratic committeeman for the area, and was there to do a promotional photoshoot for his campaign, aimed at portraying him as a "neighborhood kind of person".

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"So, as far as the campaign, we are moving forward", Murphy said, reports The Chicago Tribune. But when it happens to you, of course, you're shooken up.

Goldstein is among a crowded field of eight candidates seeking the Democratic Party ticket to run for the AG's office.

Goldstein thanked people for their "concern, well wishes, thoughts and prayers" and said he and his team "are all good".

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