Armed robberies continue to plague Lincoln Square, where muggings are up nearly 100% compared to year-ago stats.
The latest victims are a retired couple, held-up at gunpoint around 11:30 last night in the 2700 block of West Leland.
Two young offenders approached the couple and one robber pulled out a small handgun, police said. After getting the victims’ cell phones, both robbers ran westbound on Leland.
Police said both men are black, 18-20 years old, about 5’7” tall and thin. One wore a black hoodie, and the other wore a White Sox hat, which was left behind at the scene.
Detectives issued a community alert on September 11 that warned of a similarly-described robbery team that includes a member who wears a White Sox hat.
Chicago police beat #1911, which includes the scene of last night’s hold-up, has recorded 29 robberies this year. That’s up from 17 at this point in 2016.
Another Boystown Mugging
Meanwhile, Boystown racked up its second mugging in as many days this morning. A man told police that four offenders pushed him to the ground in the 700 block of West Brompton and took his wallet and keys around 1:30 a.m.
The suspects, described only as four young black men wearing red hoodies, were last seen running southbound on Halsted Street, police said.