|Locations of this morning’s armed robberies.|
Two more armed robberies were reported within 30 minutes early today in the 19th (Town Hall) Police District—one in North Center and the other in Lincoln Park. The muggings were likely committed by the same crew and are probably connected to a series of armed street robberies that have been reported across the area since late July, according to a source.
Detectives have issued two community alerts about robberies in the area since July 31. Despite their warnings, the muggings continue. At least ten hold-ups have been reported in the area since late July—and that is not including an unrelated carjacking spree that hit the Lincoln Park and Lakeview areas on Saturday morning.
Around 1:15 a.m. today, three men with bandanas covering their faces robbed a man at gunpoint near the Chase Bank at 3868 North Lincoln Avenue in the North Center neighborhood.
The 46-year-old victim told police that he was walking through an alley when one of the men put a gun to his head and then took his phone and a pack of cigarettes. The offenders then fled southbound on Lincoln Avenue, the man said.
He said the robbers were black men in dark hoodies and jeans. One of the offenders’ sweatshirt had an Adidas logo, and the gunman had short twists in his hair. All of the men reportedly covered their faces with scarves or rags.
About 10 minutes later, two men robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint as they walked in the 800 block of West Wrightwood Avenue in Lincoln Park. The victims, both 27, said one of the offenders pulled out a handgun and put it to the male victim’s head as they were robbed of their phones and a purse around 1:20 a.m. The robbers were last seen running northbound on Dayton Street.
Police said the suspects were both males, black, and about 6-feet tall. One wore a Bulls hoodie, and the other wore a black hoodie.
|Locations of armed robberies in the 19th (Town Hall) Police District since late July. Carjackings are not included.|
See our previous coverage of the robbery outbreak below:
Roscoe Village Mugging