Man Mugged While Smoking In Lakeview Yard Overnight; Second Robbery Reported Nearby

A Lakeview man who stepped into his backyard for a “smoke” was robbed by four men overnight, police said.

The victim told police that he was in his yard in the 3200 block of N. Clifton around 3:00AM when four or five men robbed him. He said he was “choked out” by one offender while three others took his keys, cellphone, and wallet.

Neighbors reported hearing the man scream for help.

All four offenders were last seen running toward Belmont in the east alley of Clifton, the victim said.

He described the offenders as black men between 22 and 30-years-old. One was about 6-feet tall with facial hair and a gray long-sleeve shirt. Another was about 5’8″ tall and wore a blue Cubs jacket with white and red wristbands.

Second Lakeview Robbery

Details of a second Lakeview robbery from last night are slim. Police said the victim was near School and Lakewood around 8:40PM when they were attacked and robbed of their wallet and cash.

The offender is described as a black man in his early 20’s who stands about 6’1″ tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

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