Woman Mugged On Rahm’s Street Tuesday Afternoon…And The Offenders Got Away

An unmarked police unit sits outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home at 4228 N. Hermitage (Google Street View)

A woman had her computer bag snatched from her hand in the 4200 block of N. Hermitage yesterday afternoon—the same block that is home to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his 24/7 personal police force.

No one is in custody.

The woman was walking near Emanuel’s home shortly after 1PM Tuesday when a teenager jumped out of a “very old black Cadillac,” grabbed her computer bag from her hand, and then fled in the same vehicle. She was not injured.

Police describe the offender as a black male teenager wearing a white tank top and black cargo pants.

The crime has been classified as a theft.

The mayor’s home is protected around the clock by at least eight police officers who are assigned to patrol our 19th district. The force includes at least two cops in front of Emanuel’s home, at least two more in the rear of his home, a sergeant, and “roving units” that make circles around the block.

There is no information as to why the mayor’s home protection detail did not intervene in the attack on the woman or report the crime to other units.

The victim is 50-years-old.

Punched And Robbed In Lakeview

A Lake View man was punched in the face and robbed by an offender who jumped out of a silver minivan in the 1300 block of W. Roscoe on Sunday morning.

The man was walking around 6AM when the passenger—described only as a 5’8” black man—got out of the van, punched him in the nose, and then stole his iPhone. The vehicle fled westbound on Roscoe.

Other Robberies

• The Subway restaurant at 2825 N. Ashland was robbed at gunpoint of several hundred dollars Saturday afternoon. The offender is described as a 30-year-old black man who stands about 6-feet tall, weighs about 210 pounds, and has a beard and “large lips.” He was last seen westbound on Wolfram wearing a black shirt, black hat, and black clothing.

• Two days before the Subway robbery, a woman was robbed at gunpoint just two blocks away. The woman was near Wrightwood and Ashland at 2:30AM on Thursday when an offender displayed a gun, punched her in the face, and stole her purse. She described the offender as a black male teenager.

• A pizza delivery driver was pistol-whipped and robbed near Clark and Montrose shortly after midnight on Thursday. Three to five men surrounded the driver as he got out to make a delivery and one of the robbers hit him in the face with a handgun. All three men then rifled through the victim’s car and stole his pizzas, but they did not take the money from his pants pocket.  All three offenders were described as black male teenagers.

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