Two armed robberies reported in 20 minutes last night in Ravenswood, Lincoln Square

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.

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