Man punched in face, robbed near Belmont Red Line

A 40-year-old man was punched in the face and robbed near the Belmont Red Line station early Monday, police said. No one is in custody.

The victim said he was walking in the 3200 block of North Wilton when two men approached him from behind and punched him in the face around 1:50 a.m. Both robbers went through the man’s pockets and took his property before running from the scene, the victim said.

Officers were able to recover many of the victim’s stolen items as they searched the area, police said. Security guards at the nearby CTA station detained a suspect for police, but the victim was not able to identify the man and he was released, according to a police spokesperson.

The victim declined medical attention. He described the offenders only as two black males, the spokesperson said.

Area North detectives are investigating.

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