|Approximate locations of the two incidents.|
Police believe the same offender is responsible for battering and robbing two people in separate muggings Sunday evening—one in Lakeview, the other in North Center. No one is in custody.
In the first incident, a woman was punched in the face and mouth by a passer-by in the 1400 block of West Belle Plaine around 9:45 p.m. A witness yelled from a nearby building, possibly scaring the offender away before he could get any valuables from the victim, police said.
Then, just after 10 p.m., a 27-year-old woman was walking in the 2000 block of West Byron when a man approached, demanded her phone, and punched her in the face when she refused to hand it over. The woman was knocked to the ground at which point the offender took her phone and fled the scene, police said.
Both victims offered similar descriptions of the suspect: A black male in his 30’s who stands about 5’9” tall and has an average build. He wore a black “Second City” t-shirt that has the Chicago skyline on the front and a list of cast and crew members on the back, according to one victim.
Area North detectives are investigating.