An increased police presence in Wrigleyville for Cubs post-season games is having no effect on skyrocketing reports of robberies in nearby Boystown.
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Police say at least three more people have been robbed in the LGBT playground since Friday evening, bringing the number of muggings in the area this month to at least 15.
This weekend’s trouble began when officers on patrol came across a robbery in progress near Roscoe and Broadway at 11:50 p.m. Friday. The victim appeared to be getting mugged by two offenders who fled as police arrived.
Officers stopped two suspects in the 500 block of West Roscoe, but the victim, who was apparently intoxicated, could not positively identify them as the offenders. No arrests were made.
The victim was treated at Thorek Hospital and released.
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About an hour later, two victims were beaten up and robbed by three men in the 3400 block of North Halsted.
Both victims lost their phones and wallets to the robbers who fled west on Newport from Halsted at 12:50 a.m.
The offenders were three tall black men with short hair who were in the company of a woman. One of the men wore a black sweater.
Shortly after the first Cubs vs. Dodgers game concluded at Wrigley Field on Saturday night, a man was beaten and robbed outside of Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 North Halsted, police said.
Witnesses described a violent scene that involved up to 10 people fighting and one man bleeding from the head during the 11:15 p.m. incident.
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Officers managed to arrest one suspect despite having their response slowed by heavy post-Cubs traffic.
Most recently, a man was jumped and robbed just south of Boystown around 3:45 a.m. this morning. The victim was near Barry and Broadway when two black men in their mid-20’s attacked him and took his wallet and phone.
In a particularly brave (or stupid) move, a lone robber tried to rob a man in the 1100 block of West Newport during the Cubs’ final game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Wrigleyville’s Clark Street bar district was brimming with more than 100 cops at the time.
Multiple residents and witnesses reported seeing and hearing the attack around 8:45 p.m., but the 40-something victim and his attacker were both gone when police arrived moments later.
911 callers describe the would-be robber as a young black man who was wearing plaid shorts.