Woman Mugged In Lakeview Saturday Morning As Street Crime Reports Heat Up

Images of a robbery offender running from the scene in Lakeview on Saturday morning. | Provided
The mid-morning robbery of a woman on Saturday is at least the fourth to be reported in the neighborhood this week. So far, police have not made any connections between the incidents.

The latest victim is a 28-year-old woman who was walking near Wellington and Greenview around 10:30 on Saturday morning. Police said an offender came up behind the woman, pushed her to the ground, took her purse, and then ran away.

“We heard her screams, the guy took off running west on Wellington, jumped a fence and ran into the alley,” a witness said this afternoon. “A good Samaritan ran after him, and another witness called the police.”

One of the witnesses captured a photo of the robber as he fled through the alley at a distance.

The offender is described as a black male in his late 20’s or early 30’s who stands about 6’2” tall. He is slender, bald, and was wearing a black tee shirt, dark jeans, and yellow boxer-style underwear, police said.

Approximate locations of the incidents detailed in this report.

• A man was robbed at gunpoint by two offenders in the 3800 block of North Hermitage on Friday evening. The victim told police that the men approached him on the street around 10:35 p.m. They displayed a handgun, then took his phone and black Swiss Army-brand backpack. The gunman was a 6-foot tall black male who wore a windbreaker with a dark and light pattern. His accomplice was also black, shorter, and wore a dark hoodie, police said. Both suspects were last seen heading northbound on Hermitage, according to the victim.

• Around 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, two men stole a woman’s phone near the corner of Aldine and Lake Shore Drive. The offenders then jumped into a dark-colored four-door sedan that sped southbound on Lake Shore Drive. The car’s license plate begins with Z294, according to a witness. Both offenders were male, black, tall, about 20-years-old, and had short hair, the victim said.

• A man told police that he was pushed to the ground by three offenders who then searched his pockets for valuables near Deming and Geneva Terrace in Lincoln Park around 1 p.m. on Thursday. The victim said the robbers were three black men who stood 6’1” to 6’3” tall. One was slender and wore a black hoodie. Another suspect appeared to be wearing pajama-like pants.

• Workers at a Boystown fast food stand foiled a robbery attempt on Monday evening. Employees of Wingstop, 3720 North Broadway, told police that a would-be robber entered the store around 10:30 p.m., implied that he had a weapon, and asked for money. When the workers failed to comply, the offender ran off. The suspect, described as a 35-year-old black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks, was last seen heading westbound on Bradley Place.

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