Police are investigating two armed robberies that unfolded within about 20 minutes on Tuesday evening in Lincoln Square and nearby Ravenswood.
First, a 29-year-old man told police that he was robbed of about $150 as he walked on the 4400 block of North Campbell around 9:30 p.m. The victim said the offender walked up and demanded money while holding his waistband as if he had a handgun. The robber then fled northbound on Campbell.
A police spokesperson said the robber, a black male who stands about 6’3” tall, wore dark clothing and a surgical mask.
About 20 minutes, a 22-year-old man was robbed as he walked in the 2000 block of West Eastwood, police said. The offender walked up behind the man and tried to strike up a conversation. When the victim did not engage him, the robber followed behind and eventually displayed a handgun while demanding the man’s property.
The victim handed over his backpack and the offender fled northbound on Seeley.
Police said the second robber is a black male who stands about 6’3” tall and weighs 190 to 200 pounds. He has tattoos on both of his cheeks.
Area 3 detectives are investigating both incidents.