Gold Coast: Groups mug 2 bicyclists in 2 hours on lakefront

One of the victims said she was pushed to the ground and robbed near the pier at North Avenue Beach. | Google

UPDATE AUGUST 5TH: Chicago police have now located a report that documents the second incident. The case had been connected to an incorrect address.  Full update posted here.
Two bicyclists reported that they were battered and robbed of their bikes and other personal property along the lakefront on Tuesday evening. One attack happened near Oak Street Beach and the other near North Avenue Beach.

A 44-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive when three men approached him, punched him in the face, and then took his bike and other belongings around 9:40 p.m, police said. The offenders then fled the scene.

The robbers were described as black males between 19- and 21-years-old who stand 5’4” to 5’9” tall and weigh about 160 pounds, according to a CPD spokesperson. No one is in custody.

Then, around 11:20 p.m., a woman reported that five teenagers pushed her to the ground near the North Avenue Beach pier and stole her bike, phone, and backpack.

Police recovered the bike a few minutes later after the victim pointed out a male who was riding it on the bike path at 1400 North Lake Shore Drive.

The victim described the offenders only as five teenage black males who were last seen heading toward the LaSalle Drive underpass.

Officers gave the woman a ride to her home in Uptown. Police this morning were unable to locate a report documenting the second incident or any record of an arrest.

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