Boystown: Gunman Chokes 93-Year-Old Man In Robbery Attempt; Possible Carjacking Attempt Nearby

Locations of two robbery attempts reported near Boystown on Wednesday evening. | BatchGeo

A 93-year-old man was attacked in a robbery attempt near Boystown on Wednesday evening. Minutes later, a second man reported that he was also targeted in a robbery attempt nearby. No one is in custody, and both attempted robberies failed, police said.

Police have not officially classified the incidents as carjacking attempts. However, both men were in or near their cars at the time of the robbery attempts.

The elderly man was attacked shortly after 5 p.m. in the 3500 block of North Pine Grove. A passer-by reported seeing a male assailant with a mask covering his face choking an elderly man inside of a vehicle.

The offender displayed a handgun and demanded money from the victim, police said.  But the victim had no cash, and the offender ran away, according to CPD’s office of news affairs.

About 15 minutes later, a second man called 911 to tell police that a masked man with a gun had just tried to carjack him near Brompton and Lake Shore Drive, about a block from where the 93-year-old was targeted.

The second victim did not immediately file a police report, but he said he would do so on Thursday.

In the first robbery, the offender was described as a white or Hispanic man in his early 20’s who stands about 5’11” tall. He wore a mask over the lower half of his face and escaped eastbound through the alley between Cornelia and Brompton.

The second victim described the offender as a 6’3”-tall, thin, black or Hispanic man with a mask over part of his face.

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