Cops identify robbery pattern in Uptown, nearby Lakeview

Approximate locations of the five robberies listed in detectives’ new alert.

Police say a robbery crew is responsible for mugging at least five people since Nov. 21st in a concentrated area of Uptown, Lakeview, and Ravenswood. A community alert issued by police said a small group of offenders is either approaching victims from behind or engaging them in conversation before battering and robbing them. The offenders have been armed with a handgun in some cases, police said.

Detectives typically issue community alerts when they believe that a series of crimes are the work of a single individual or group.

Here are the dates and times of the five robberies included in the alert along with CWBChicago’s original reporting for incidents, if available:

• 4500 block of North Ashland at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 21st 

An Uptown woman was robbed of her car keys and cell phone in an alley between the 4500 blocks of North Paulina and North Ashland. The woman suffered facial injuries from a man who implied that he was armed.  She described the man as being black, over 6-feet-tall, and wearing an olive green hoodie with black pants. He was last seen heading southbound and then westbound.

• 1300 block of West Sunnyside at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 28th 

An Uptown man reported being attacked and robbed at gunpoint by a group of people. One of the offenders pulled out a gun as others hit him from behind, the man reported. After taking the man’s phone, the group fled eastbound on Sunnyside. The offender with the handgun was a tall black male who wore a red hoodie, according to the victim.

• 4600 block of North Ashland at approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 28th

No further information is immediately available. The incident was not reported until Nov. 30th, according to city records.

• 4500 block of North Ravenswood between midnight and 2 a.m. on Dec. 2nd 

No further information is immediately available. The incident was reported several hours after it unfolded, according to city records.

• 1100 block of West Wilson at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 10th 

A woman reported that a man threw her down, spit in her face, and stole her phone near the Wilson Red Line station. Several witnesses reported seeing the robbery take place moments after a group of men flashed gang signs and began fighting outside of a nearby convenience store. The primary offender was described as a black male between 18- and 20-years-old who stands 5’7” tall. He was wearing a black coat and was last seen heading eastbound on Wilson.

Anyone with information about these cases may contact Area North investigators at 312-744-8263 regarding crime pattern P18-N-313.

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