COPS: Groups Of Teens Are Beating, Robbing People Near Grant Park

Three attacks by groups of teens have been reported near Grant Park, police said. | City of Chicago

Groups of teenagers are attacking and robbing people on sidewalks near Grant Park, police said in a community alert late Thursday night. At least five people have been attacked in three separate assaults since last Wednesday.

Victims have been beaten to the ground by up to ten offenders and then robbed during evening hours, police said. Backpacks, wallets, and purses have been taken in the attacks.

Map showing the approximate locations of three attacks. | BatchGeo

Around 9:30 p.m. on November 8, a victim was robbed in the 200 block of East Balbo, police said. The offenders were described as two black men 18- to 20-years-old, both about 5’7” tall and 130 pounds. One wore a black bandana, and the other wore a black baseball hat, according to the alert.

The next night, another victim was robbed in the 100 block of East Balbo at 9:30 p.m. Police said the attackers were described as seven black males between 15- and 18-years-old.

Most recently, a group of eight to ten black males and black females between 16- and 20-years-old robbed three victims in the 500 block of South Michigan Avenue at 8:05 p.m. on November 12, according to information released by police. One 16-year-old girl was arrested and charged with robbery in the case. The other offenders remain at large.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crimes to call Area Central investigators at (312) 745-6110.

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