Three robberies in less than two hours late Wednesday into this morning have investigators looking for a suspected robbery crew in Lakeview and Lincoln Park. No one is in custody.
In the first incident, a Lakeview man reported that he escaped a would-be robbery near Paulina Market, 3501 North Lincoln, around 11 p.m. He told police that he noticed a white SUV with large brake lights circling the area before the driver parked his car and the two occupants ran up to him.
The men implied that they had a weapon, but the victim managed to slip away and run home before they could get anything. Both suspects were black men who stood about 5’8” tall. One wore a white hoodie, one wore a red hoodie, and one of them had dreadlocks, the victim said.
Less than an hour later, around 11:50 p.m., a man was kicked in the head, punched and robbed by two attackers near Clark and Arlington in Lincoln Park. The offenders took the man’s iPhone and a backpack that contained a Macbook before they ran southbound on Orchard, police said.
Both robbers were black men wearing black hoodies who stand between 5’10” and 6-feet tall. One offender wore black shorts and the other wore black Adidas track pants, the man said. The victim was treated at Presence St. Joseph Hospital and released.
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Finally, at 1:05 a.m., a witness reported seeing two men beating up a third person in the 700 block of West Briar—just east of the Briar Street Theater. Officers later determined that the witness was actually seeing the third man get robbed.
Similar to the nearby robbery on Arlington, the man was approached on the street by two black men wearing hoodies who stood between 5’10” and 6-feet tall, The offenders beat their victim took his wallet, phone, and backpack, then fled eastbound on foot.
The victim was treated by an ambulance crew for cuts and abrasions suffered in the attack.