Robber beats woman with object as she walks dog near Boystown, police say

A woman was injured Friday morning when a man attacked her with an object and robbed her while she walked her dog near Boystown on Friday morning, according to police. The attacker remains at large.

The woman, age 42, was walking westbound on the 500 block of West Hawthorne Place around 8:30 a.m. when the man battered her with “a long stick-like object, possibly a pipe,” a CPD spokesperson said. After beating the woman in her head and body, the man took her purse and fled west on Hawthorne, south on Broadway, and west on Roscoe Street, according to witnesses.

Paramedics transported the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was in good condition, the police spokesperson said.

Police said the suspect is a Black male who stands 6-feet to 6’2” tall. He has long dreadlocks and wore a black hoodie with gray sweatpants.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said in a web post Friday afternoon that the woman was walking a child, not a dog, and that she was being treated for “serious injuries.” The reason for the discrepancies is not clear, but the CPD spokesperson verified that the police report said she was walking with a dog, not a child.

Anyone with information about the attacker can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8261.

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