4 women robbed while walking in Lincoln Park this morning; at least 9 victims in area since Sunday night

CHICAGO — Four young women were robbed while walking together in Lincoln Park shortly after midnight Thursday, Chicago police said. A robber punched one woman in the face.

They are the latest victims in a series of holdups in the area around DePaul University since Sunday night. One of the earlier victims was carjacked in front of DePaul’s music school.

In fact, police believe this morning’s victims may have been robbed by a crew that first carjacked and robbed three men on the Near West Side around 10:50 p.m. yesterday.

The men, a 21-year-old and two 19-year-olds, had just parked their Toyota Camry when two robbers confronted them in the 700 block of South Ada. The pair implied that they were armed and demanded the victims’ money and the car, a Chicago police spokesperson said.

Later, at 12:08 a.m. Thursday, two men implied they had weapons as they robbed the four women who were walking in the 700 block of West Webster, police said.

The approximate location of Thursday’s robbery (red) and other holdups reported this week (blue). | Multiplottr

A robber punched a 21-year-old victim in the face, police said. The other women are all 18 years old. One of them tried to run away, but she fell to the ground, and a robber grabbed her buttocks, then proceeded with the robbery, police said.

On Wednesday, two men robbed a woman at gunpoint and forced her to reveal her phone PIN just south of Lincoln Park at Halsted and Weed streets around 12:45 a.m.

Among the other robberies reported in the DePaul area this week:

  • A 37-year-old woman was carjacked by two men who implied they had weapons at 11:39 p.m. Monday, police said. She was getting into her car in the 2300 block of North Halsted, directly in front of DePaul’s School of Music building, when they took her black Volkswagen Jetta.
  • Two DePaul students, ages 19 and 20, were robbed at gunpoint in the 1300 block of West Fullerton around 4:15 a.m. The men were walking when two offenders exited a black car to rob them. After the holdup, the victims went to University Hall, a DePaul residence hall, and a security officer called 911, identifying them as students.
  • A little before 11 p.m. Sunday, a woman called 911 to report that two men tried to rob her and a friend as they sat on a bench in Oz Park. The woman who called for help bolted from the park, leaving her friend behind.
  • About 20 minutes later, a 26-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and robbed in the 2200 block of North Sheffield, according to CPD. The offender escaped in a light-colored vehicle.