|Approximate location of Tuesday’s incident. | Multiplottr|
An apparent spike in robberies around southeast Lakeview continues as a woman reports being robbed in the 500 block of West Barry. Witnesses said the 25-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when she was jumped by a man who emerged from a passing car.
The offender wrestled the woman’s phone away and returned to the vehicle, which fled eastbound on Barry.
Police said the car is a four-door silver sedan with a license plate that begins with “BF.” It was driven by a second person.
The robber is described as a slim black man in his late teens, or early 20’s who stands 5’5” to 5’8” tall. He wore a yellow hoodie and light blue jeans.
Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a string of robberies in and near southeast Lakeview:
• On May 18, a woman was robbed by two men as she parked her car in the 500 block of West Briar
• A smoke shop in the 2800 block of North Clark was robbed at gunpoint around 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th
• A Comcast installer was robbed at gunpoint while working outside a home in the 1000 block of West Diversey at 3:45 p.m. last Friday, May 17
The victim told police that the man approached her from behind, forced her to lie on the ground, and took her purse and phone. She was unable to provide a description of the offender because she was never able to turn around and look at him, she said.