|Approximate locations of two robberies reported early Saturday in Lakeview. | BatchGeo|
Two robberies reported in Lakeview early Saturday are under investigation by Area North Detectives. The cases are not believed to be related.
Around midnight, a man approached a woman in the 3000 block of North Pine Grove and announced a robbery while displaying a gun, police said. The woman turned over her purse and cellphone to the man who then fled westbound on Barry. The woman, believing that she saw an orange tip on the gun that could indicate that it is a toy, pursued the man. She lost track of him as he turned north on Halsted Street, police said.
The offender is described as a black man between 40- and 50-years-old who was wearing a black jacket and dark blue jeans.
Then, around 1:45 a.m., a man was reportedly robbed of his phone near the intersection of Southport and Newport. The man said that he was walking when a carload of unknown men pulled up and asked him for money. When he said that he didn’t have any, two offenders emerged from the car and took his phone.
Police did not have a description of the offenders this evening, but the vehicle was believed to be a silver Chrysler.