Police said that an armed robbery team pulled off two robberies and tried to carjack a third person as they swept through Old Town and Lincoln Park on Monday evening. No arrests were made.
The robberies started around 8:45 p.m.when two armed men stepped out of a gray sedan and robbed a 30-year-old man who was walking in the 1900 block of North Howe, police said. After getting the victim’s iPhone and laptop, they returned to the car and fled.
Five minutes later, a 41-year-old man was parking in his garage on the 1400 block of North Cleveland when a gunman stepped out of a gray Dodge Charger and tried to carjack him, police said. But the victim’s dog scared the offender away, and the hijacking attempt failed.
The men turned violent during the third robbery, which unfolded on the 1700 block of North North Park Avenue around 9:17 p.m., according to police.
A 25-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk when three offenders stepped out of a black sedan and hit him in the head with a handgun, police said. The robbers took the victim’s wallet and iPhone.
Fire department personnel took the victim to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital in fair condition, according to a police statement.
Police believe the same group is responsible for all three robberies. The victims saw up to four men in the get-away car. One of the victims said the robbers were Black males wearing dark tracksuits who wore face masks or balaclavas.
Area Three detectives are investigating the crimes.