A group of robbers chased down and brutally beat a woman in the Loop on Saturday night, leaving the victim in critical condition with severe head injuries, according to a CPD report. No arrests have been made.
The 23-year-old woman was walking with a 26-year-old man near State and Jackson when the group of up to seven young men and women ordered them to turn over their valuables around 11:30 p.m., Officer Alexis Interrante said.
When the victims did not comply, the group began punching and kicking both victims in their heads and body, Interrante said. A source said surveillance video shows the group chasing the woman down when she tried to run away and then attacking her “right in the intersection” of Jackson and State.
The group, which was seen on Divvy bikes before the attack, fled the scene and may have escaped on a Red Line train at Jackson, the source said. A source said the offenders did not get any of the victims’ property.
The male victim flagged down a passing Uber driver who took them to the Wit Hotel, 201 North State, where they contacted police.
CPD officers transported the woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a squad car. According to a police report, the woman was in critical condition with head injuries and severe facial swelling. The man declined medical attention, Interrante said. The CPD report said he lives in Florida.
The suspects were described only as Black males and females who may be juveniles. Minutes before attacking the two victims, the same group stole merchandise and battered a clerk during a convenience store raid at Adams and Wells, a source said. They left the store on Divvy bikes.
Area Three detectives are investigating.