Robbery Pattern Identified In River North, Alert Issued

Approximate locations of four robberies listed in a new police alert.

A series of muggings in River North has prompted Chicago police to issue a community alert for the neighborhood. Community alerts typically indicate that detectives have determined that certain crimes has were committed by the same individual or group of offenders.

Four robberies between March 18 and March 30 are listed in the alert, which states that the victims were approached by two or three men who launched a physical attack and then took valuables. The robbers have either fled on foot or in a waiting vehicle, police said.

The four cases in the pattern were reported in the 100 block of West Kinzie early on March 18; in the 200 block of West Ontario early on March 24; in the first block of West Illinois late on March 25; and in the 500 block of West Ontario early on March 30.

Police described the suspects as two or three African American males between the ages of 20 and 25.

The alert suggests that people in the River North area always be aware of their surroundings, remain calm if confronted, try to remember unique physical characteristics of suspects such as scars and tattoos, and call 911 immediately with description details.

Anyone with information about the robbery pattern is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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