Man Beaten, Robbed At Knifepoint On Belmont (But They Give Some Of His Stuff Back)

A man was robbed at knifepoint and battered by a group of three young men in Boystown early Friday and cops managed to make an arrest in the case.

The victim said the offenders punched him in the face and threatened him with a knife as they took his phone and went through his pockets in the 900 block of West Belmont around 4 o’clock yesterday morning.

Incredibly, officers drove by the robbery as it was unfolding, the victim said, causing the thieves to push the victim into a nearby alley.

Two of the robbers had a change of heart and returned some of the man’s property, but the third guy took off and fled northbound on Halsted Street.

Officers scoured the area for nearly 30 minutes and eventually found the offenders near Halsted and Belmont, police said. The victim was able to identify three offenders as well as the knife that they used to threaten him.

Charges are pending.

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