Robbers mugged another woman in Lincoln Park on Thursday evening, just a couple of blocks from where three women were similarly attacked the day before. A witness captured a quick video of the offenders’ getaway car last night.
The latest robbery occurred at 7:57 p.m. behind the 2600 block of North Hampden Court. A 31-year-old woman was walking through the alley when a small SUV stopped in front of her and two men stepped out, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.
Both men pulled on her purse and cellphone. They started hitting her hands when she resisted, so she let go of the items and the men took them back to the SUV, which headed south on Hampden, Bartoli said.
Here is a quick video of their getaway. The car is a dark blue, newer-model Nissan Rogue with Florida license plates.
The victim told officers she was having shoulder pain and would take herself to get medical attention.
Witnesses said the robbers were two Black males, one of whom wore a black hat and black mask. The other reportedly wore all black clothing.
On Wednesday, four women were robbed by offenders who knocked them to the ground or fought for control of property. Three of those robberies happened very close to last night’s mugging. The fourth was in Boystown.
The first robbery occurred on the 2700 block of North Pine Grove around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. A woman and her mother were outside when two men pushed the older woman, a senior citizen, to the ground and robbed both victims,according to initial information from the scene.
After wrestling away the younger woman’s purse, both suspects ran south on Pine Grove. They were described as two Black males between 16- and 18-years-old, slim, with one taller than the other. One wore a colorful hoodie with dark pants.
Later, there was a string of reports about crimes involving people who emerged from a stolen gray Mercedes SUV. The car was itself stolen around 2 p.m. on the 2300 block of North Lincoln, according to CPD records.
Just before 9 p.m., two people jumped into a woman’s vehicle on the 2900 block of North Halsted in an apparent attempt to steal it. But the keys weren’t in the car. So, they got out and escaped in the Mercedes, which was waiting nearby.
About ten minutes later, a woman told police that someone pushed her to the ground and robbed her of her purse on the 600 block of West Addison in Boystown. She reported the robber was a woman who fled in a gray Mercedes SUV.
Finally, at 9:40 p.m., a robber stepped out of a silver Mercedes and mugged a 27-year-old woman on the 2500 block of North Lakeview, according to police. The suspect took the woman’s purse off her back and then fled in the Mercedes.
An officer described him as Black and about 25-years-old. His accomplice was Black, about 25, 5’6″ tall, wearing a white shirt and black sweatshirt. They were last seen heading north on Lakeview Avenue in the Mercedes.
All of the incidents took place in the Town Hall (19th) Police District, where officers have recorded 122 robberies so far this year, up 33% from this point last year. CPD’s latest CompStat statistics report shows robberies in the district are up 39% compared to 2020, 42% compared to 2019, and 3% compared to 2018.