Large groups of teenagers battered two bicyclists within 10 minutes and stole the victims’ bicycles in the Loop on Wednesday evening. Both bikers told police they were surrounded and battered by groups of juveniles between 11:30 and 11:40 p.m.
One victim was riding a Divvy bike when seven males, all under 18-years-old, approached and five of the teen surrounded him on the 100 block of North Dearborn, CPD spokesperson Sally Bown said.
Those five teens struck the bicyclist in the face, knocking him to the ground. They continued to beat the man and one of them rode away westbound with his Divvy bike, Bown said. Other members of the group also reportedly fled on Divvy bikes.
Around the same time, another bicyclist flagged down police after four or five male juveniles, some of whom were on Divvy bikes, hit him in the head and took his personal bike near the intersection of Wabash and Madison. The victim told police the stolen bike is gray with orange handlebars.
Police found a group of seven teenagers riding Divvy bikes through the street near Wacker and Washington shortly after the second robbery was reported, but the teens scattered when police moved in.
No arrests have been made.