Uptown: Woman pepper-sprayed, robbed while walking her dogs

An Uptown woman was pepper-sprayed, battered, and robbed by two people as she walked her dogs on Sunday evening, police said. The offenders reportedly showed up at a nearby hospital for treatment a short time later, but ran away when their can of pepper-spray fell to the floor.

The victim, age 41, told police she was walking her dogs when a man and woman pepper-sprayed her on the 4000 block of North Sheridan around 9:45 p.m. Then, one of the offenders took her purse while the other punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground, said CPD spokesperson Officer Ronald Westbrooks.

A passer-by directed police to the woman’s purse and keys, which were ditched nearby in an alley behind the 900 block of West Cuyler Avenue. The victim’s phone remains missing, though.

Police accompanied the woman to Thorek Hospital for treatment of a dislocated finger and pepper spray exposure, Westbrooks said. While they were there, a hospital security guard told officers that a man and woman had just come into the hospital for unspecified treatment. But, the couple fled after the woman dropped a can of pepper spray on the floor, the guard said.

The suspects are a Black male and a Black female according to the guard, who said the man stands about 6’3” tall and wore a Golden State Warriors hoodie with sweatpants. Witnesses said the woman stands about 5’7” and was wearing a dark-colored jumpsuit.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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