Man-woman robbery team strikes again in River North and Gold Coast

A man-woman robbery team that struck five times on Wednesday and Thursday mornings across the city pulled off two more muggings Friday afternoon — once in River North and then in the Gold Coast, according to CPD reports. Chicago police issued a community alert about the duo just two hours before Friday’s robberies unfolded.

Maps showing the locations of all seven robberies (left) and the two most recent cases (right). | Multiplottr

Around 12:15 p.m., a woman jumped another woman from behind and tried to rob her near the corner of Wabash and Superior in River North, according to the first report. After the attack, the offender escaped in a dark-colored Mazda driven by an accomplice.

Within minutes, a woman who works for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was robbed of a bag containing a phone and computers on the 1200 block of North State in the Gold Coast, the second report said. She told police that a female attacked and bit her during the robbery before escaping in a dark-colored Mazda sedan.

Investigators have linked the car used in Friday’s robberies to the robberies that reported on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a source. All of the muggings took place during the daytime.

Previous reports

The first victim linked to the pattern was a Loyola University student who was getting into her car on the 6200 block of North Kenmore, according to info from CPD and the school’s police department. Loyola police said an offender ran up to the woman’s car, opened the door, hit the victim, and stole her property around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday. A CPD report said they took the woman’s purse. The offender escaped in a dark blue Mazda that was waiting nearby.

About 20 minutes later, a woman was attacked and robbed by a man who stepped out of a dark-colored vehicle on the 3000 block of North Pine Grove in Lakeview.

Then, between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m., a man and woman pulled up behind a woman who was in a car on the 700 block of North Kingsbury in River North. Both offenders got out of their vehicle and robbed the woman.

About 45 minutes later, a woman jumped out of a dark sedan driven by a man to steal a woman’s purse on the 500 block of North Dearborn.

Thursday morning, the duo returned to Edgewater, attacked a woman from behind, and robbed her on the 1300 block of West Thorndale, according to police. They pepper-sprayed this victim, too.

Detectives said the suspects are:

  • a Black female between 20- and 25-years-old who stands 4’10” to 5’2″ tall and weighs 150 to 180 pounds
  • a Black male with dreadlocks between 20- and 30-years-old who stands 5’10” to 6’2″ tall and weighs 160 to 180 pounds

Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspects can contact Area Three detectives about pattern P22-3-15 at 312-744-8263.

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