Groups of teens rob bicyclists on Mag Mile, outside Lincoln Park Zoo

Groups of teenagers battered and robbed bicyclists twice over the weekend, according to police — once on the Magnificent Mile and again outside the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lincoln Park robbery

The Lincoln Park Zoo parking lot at 2200 North Cannon Drive. | Google

Around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, a 73-year-old man was nearly struck by a vehicle as he bicycled on the 2200 block of North Cannon outside the zoo’s entrance, according to Chicago police. Two occupants of the car, a 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old girl, exchanged words with the man, then battered and robbed him along with other teens, police said.

Cops searched the area and arrested the 17- and 14-year-olds at the zoo. Both are charged with felony aggravated battery of a person over the age of 60.

Prosecutors also charged the girl with resisting and aggravated battery of a police officer because she allegedly spat in a cop’s face.

Divvy bikers robbed

A Divvy bike station on the 100 block of East Oak on the Magnificent Mile. | Google

A group of teenagers robbed a couple of their Divvy bikes on the Magnificent Mile Saturday evening, police said. The victims, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, had their bikes near a Divvy docking station on the 100 block of East Oak when about six offenders approached them at 7:09 p.m., according to a CPD report.

The group threatened the couple, demanded their Divvy bikes, then fled southbound on Michigan Avenue, a police spokesperson said. Neither victim was injured.

Police did not release descriptions of the offenders.  Area Three detectives are investigating the Mag Mile incident.

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