Lakeview: Robbers force women to ground, pistol-whip each in the face

Approximate location of this morning’s attack. | Multiplottr

Two women were forced to the ground, pistol-whipped in their faces, and robbed overnight in the Lakeview neighborhood, according to Chicago police. No one is in custody.

The victims, both 26, said they were walking in the 1200 block of West Roscoe around midnight Sunday when two men wearing ski masks ran toward them and ordered them to lie down while threatening them with a handgun.

Both women were then struck in the face with the gun—one strike was so powerful, it broke the barrel off of the weapon, according to a police officer who was at the scene.

The robbers then took a phone and a purse from the women before running from the area, police said.

Police described the offenders as men wearing black hoodies, blue jeans, and ski masks. They both stood about 5’8” tall and were last seen running westbound on Roscoe and possibly northbound from there, according to witnesses.

One of the victims was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Police recovered a spring and a gun barrel from the 1200 block of West Roscoe.

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