Man Held At Gunpoint While Robbers Pick Off His Valuables In Boystown—They Even Took His Cookbook!

The man told police he was forced to lie on the ground at gunpoint near Halsted and Brompton | Google

A man was forced to lie on the ground while being held at gunpoint as a gang of five thieves stripped away his valuables on a Boystown side street Sunday evening. No one is in custody.

The victim told police that he was near Halsted and Brompton around 9 p.m. when a man pulled out a gun and forced him to the ground. While one man held him at gunpoint, two others searched him and took his property while yet another two men served as lookouts.

Taken were the victim’s cell phone, cash, credit cards, keys, and a cookbook with his favorite recipes, according to police.

The gunman was black, had dreadlocks, and wore a black hoodie with dark pants that had blue and white writing on the side. He was armed with a silver handgun.

The other robbers were described only as four black men, two of whom carried green drinking bottles.

Gunmen Demand Lakeview Woman’s PIN

Earlier on Sunday, a Lakeview woman reported being robbed at gunpoint by two men near Henderson and Ravenswood, police said.

The victim was near the 3300 block of North Ravenswood around 1 a.m. when the men walked up to her, pulled out a gun, and took her bright red backpack, which contained her phone and wallet. One of the men demanded the woman’s debit card PIN before they fled the scene, police said.

The offenders are described as two black men in their 30’s. One wore a light gray hoodie.

Both men sped off in a car that was waiting near Ravenswood and Henderson, the woman said.

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