14-year-old charged with attacking, robbing woman in Uptown; Second woman attacked nearby

Two women were battered in separate attacks about 30 minutes apart late Thursday and early Friday in Uptown, police said. A 14-year-old boy is charged in connection with one of the crimes.

First, a 30-year-old woman told police that a group of three men or boys grabbed her and threw her to the ground on the 4800 block of North Magnolia around 11:40 p.m. April 2. The offenders took her phone and wallet, then fled through an alley.

While police searched for the robbers, a 34-year-old woman approached cops near the Lawrence Red Line station with blood flowing from her forehead, according to a CPD report. The woman said a male offender approached her on the 1100 block of West Lawrence and punched her in the face repeatedly during an apparent robbery attempt at 12:03 a.m. April 3. The robber fled without taking any of her property, she said. An ambulance crew transported her to Weiss Hospital for treatment.

Around the time of the second attack, officers stopped a 14-year-old boy on the 1200 block of West Lawrence because he matched the description of one of the attackers in the first crime. That victim identified him as the offender and her phone was found in the teen’s possession, police said.

The juvenile, who lives in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, is charged with one count of felony robbery in connection with that case. No one has been charged with the second attack, police said.

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