Police on Friday evening issued a community alert after detectives identified a robbery pattern in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The alert comes two days after CWBChicago reported that there were strong similarities between two recent muggings in the area.
Three people have been robbed since June 5 while walking in the upscale neighborhood during afternoon or evening hours, according to the alert.
Police said the robber approaches victims from behind and either engages them in conversation or makes verbal threats. He then takes their property by force and runs away.
The three linked robberies were reported:
- in the first block of East Scott at 2:40 p.m. on June 5. A woman told police she was robbed by a man who ripped her fanny pack away
- in the 400 block of North State during the afternoon of June 11. No further details were available about this incident.
- in the first block of East Schiller at 10:15 p.m. on June 16. A 29-year-old woman said a man came up behind her, punched her in the back of the head three times, and pulled her purse away. Police previously said the robbery happened nearby on the 1400 block of North Lake Shore Drive.
According to the community alert, police believe the suspect is a Black male between 30- and 40-years-old who stands 5’6” to 5’10” tall and weighs about 165 pounds.
Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Area 3 detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P20-3-120.