|Approximate locations of two robberies overnight that police believe could be related. | BatchGeo|
A man was pistol-whipped during a robbery in Lincoln Square early Saturday and cops are working to determine if the incident is related to another hold-up reported overnight in nearby Albany Park.
Around 2:35 a.m., the Lincoln Square man was in an alley behind the 4700 block of North Washtenaw when four male offenders emerged from a tan and silver SUV. One of the robbers pulled out a chrome semi-automatic handgun and announced a robbery. The victim was hit in the head with the butt of the gun as the other offenders took his backpack, wallet, and phone, police said.
The robbers were said to be four Hispanic men. One was about 6’1” tall and was wearing a long red hoodie with white strings. Another stood about 5’6” tall and wore a blue sweatshirt. No further information was available about the other two suspects. After the robbery, all four men returned to the SUV and headed eastbound on Leland, according to police.
A similar robbery was reported about 30 minutes earlier in the Albany Park neighborhood. A man and his brother told police that they were robbed by three men or teens near Lawrence and Bernard. The offenders used a dark gray Nissan or Honda with a hatchback, the victims said. One of the offenders wore a red North Face hoodie. The robbers were last seen heading eastbound on Leland toward Kimball.