Armed robbery pattern identified in Lincoln Park, cops say

Two recent armed robberies in the Lincoln Park neighborhood have prompted Chicago police to issue a community alert to raise awareness of the incidents.

Police on Friday night said one or two men have struck up conversations with people on the street and then robbed the victims while displaying a handgun or implying they had one.

At 11:56 p.m. on June 9, a 38-year-old delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint by two men as he tried to drop off food in the 400 block of West Belden, according to police. The man told the offenders that he didn’t have anything of value and then began screaming for help. He injured his foot as he tried to run away, police said.

Then, another robbery unfolded in the 2000 block of North Burling during the evening of June 12. No further details about that crime were available.

In the alert, police said the suspects are Black, male, 5’10” to 6’1” tall, 160 to 180 pounds, and 16- to 25-years-old. After the Belden robbery, the men ran west and then north on Clark, according to witnesses.

Anyone with information about the cases can contact Area 3 detectives at 312-744-8263 about pattern P20-3-121.

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