83-year-old woman mugged in Boystown as robbery reports continue to climb

An elderly woman was mugged near Boystown Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours after another senior citizen was robbed at gunpoint inside his Lincoln Park garage. The hold-ups, which are not connected, are part of an on-going robbery surge in the Town Hall (19th) Police District.

Boystown robbery

Around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, an 83-year-old woman was mugged for her purse as she walked near her home in the 500 block of West Addison, according to a CPD report. After gaining control of the woman’s bag, the offender ran southbound into an alley that runs between Lake Shore Drive and Pine Grove, witnesses said.

The offender is a White man who’s about 6-feet-tall and 170 to 200 pounds, witnesses reported. He has dark hair, a beard, and wore blue jeans with a light-colored flannel shirt.

Lincoln Park hold-up

A 67-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint inside his own garage on the 1500 block of West Montana around 8:57 a.m., according to Officer Anthony Spicuzza, a CPD spokesperson.

The offender walked inside the man’s garage, pointed a gun at him, and demanded his valuables, Spicuzza said. After getting the victim’s keys, cash, and phone, the robber ran from the scene.

The Lincoln Park suspect is reportedly a Black man in his 20’s who stands about 5’6” tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He wore cut-up blue jeans.

Robbery spike

Robbery reports in the local Town Hall Police District have been rising sharply in recent weeks, according to CPD data

In the four weeks ending November 1, robbery reports were up 138% compared to the same period last year. Robberies are up 12% year-to-date compared to 2019.

Town Hall officers patrol the area from Lawrence to Fullerton and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.

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