A teenage girl is in custody, but three other offenders remain at large after the group robbed two people outside a Lakeview drug store on Thursday evening.
Police said the girl and three males approached a 33-year-old woman and demanded her property on the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 3101 North Halsted, around 10:15 p.m.
A struggle broke out between the victim and the offenders, who stole the woman’s phone and shoulder bag before running from the scene.
Responding officers searched the area for suspects and detained a 16-year-old girl after a brief foot chase on the 600 block of West Barry.
While police were handling the incident, a 47-year-old taxi driver flagged them down to report that the same three offenders had also robbed him.
Prosecutors charged the girl with one count of robbery in connection with the first mugging. No charges have been filed in the taxi driver robbery.
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Both victims declined medical attention.
The taxi driver’s cellphone began pinging about an hour after the robberies as it traveled southbound on the Red Line from Diversey, according to officers who handled the case. The phone’s last ping came minutes later from near Madison and Clark in the Loop.
Three male offenders remain at large, including one who police said is black, 15-20 years old, 5’5” to 5’11” tall, and 140-150 pounds.