Downtown robber is ‘disabling’ victims with strikes to the head, Chicago police say

The approximate locations of the robberies. | Multiplottr

Chicago police are warning about a robber who has “disabled” two people by hitting them in the head from behind before taking their valuables downtown. He struck twice in three days, police said, once in the Gold Coast and another time in River North.

In a community alert issued Wednesday evening, Area Three detectives said the robber “strikes the victim in the head, disabling the victim.” He then takes their valuables and flees the scene.

The first attack occurred at a bank in the first block of East Oak around 7:30 p.m. on January 21, according to CPD records.

Then, around 12:30 a.m. on January 24, another man was targeted in the 600 block of North State.

Police did not release a description of the attacker other than to say it was a man.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives about pattern P23-3-009 at 312-744-8263.

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