Candidate for IL attorney general robbed at gunpoint

Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general and Chicago Committeeman Aaron Goldstein was robbed at gunpoint Thursday during a campaign

Illinois AG candidate robbed at gunpoint in Chicago during campaign photoshoot

The Chicago Police Department added 1,300 extra officers around the city to patrol the streets for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

A candidate for Illinois Attorney General was robbed at gunpoint on the Northwest Side Thursday afternoon.

Campaign manager Robert Murphy, who was not with the team during the incident, said Goldstein, Democratic ward committeeman for the 33rd Ward and a resident of Albany Park, was taking promotional images for the campaign with an "in-the-neighborhood kind of" message.

One suspect brandished a weapon and demanded the camera equipment and their cellphones before they ran away. The incident took place in Albany Park.

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Murphy and members of Goldstein's campaign did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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.

Though Albany Park is not known as one of Chicago's more risky neighborhoods, it has been the scene of a recent spate of armed robberies similar to Thursday's incident with the Goldstein team. By Thursday evening, no suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery, according to police.

He says he plans to continue his campaign, and live in the neighborhood and focus on the gun violence problem in Chicago. Three men in their early 20s approached Goldstein and his campaign workers. But when it happens to you, of course, you're shooken up.

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