FBI raids Lincoln Square home in gang investigation, officials confirm

FBI agents conducted a raid at a residence on the North Side Thursday stemming from a gang investigation, sources and officials confirmed.

A FBI spokeswoman said a warrant was executed but provided no further information.

“There is currently no known threat to public safety at this time,” the spokeswoman said.

A law enforcement source said the raid stemmed from an ongoing gang violence investigation. No charges have been made public as of Thursday afternoon.

Thursday morning, neighbors emerged from their houses to watch more than two dozen FBI officers wearing camouflage circle a house on foot. Agents used flash bangs prior to entry, according to Ald. Andre Vasquez, 40th, who said in a news release that the local Chicago police district was not informed before the FBI action.

An armored vehicle and two SUVs were on the street in front of a two-story beige-colored home in the 2200 block of West Farragut Avenue in Lincoln Square. A front window was smashed.

At one point, a woman and baby were led into the backyard by law enforcement officers, who remained on the scene to gather more evidence.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

“It is still like a dream,” said Zofia Lecznar, who lives on the raided property. Lecznar, 76, said she woke up about 8 a.m. to FBI agents outside her house.

The morning’s events surprised her, but she said she was recovering. “I don’t know what’s happening,” Lecznar, said as she sat on the steps of a nearby house, petting and kissing her dog, Angel. “They say somebody’s going to tell us.”

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