A group of up to eight offenders beat and robbed a 61-year-old man aboard a Red Line train in River North Friday morning, police said. Earlier in the morning, another group robbed a man of his backpack and phone on the Blue Line downtown.
A mini-crime spree swept through Lakeview East on Thursday evening, leaving a restaurant robbed, a man carjacked, and a restaurant patron without his car. The three crimes unfolded in less than 20 minutes.
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Little Village man with murder for his alleged role in the slaying of a man he perceived to be a rival gang member over the weekend. At the time of the killing, Xavier Encarnacion was out of jail on an affordable bail bond for his third gun case.