Chicago police investigating 2 robberies involving men armed with golf clubs

In about two weeks, robberies by men armed with golf clubs have been reported in River West and Lincoln Park. | Multiplottr

For the second time this month, Chicago police are investigating a robbery involving offenders armed with a golf club. The latest mugging occurred around 11:48 p.m. Tuesday in Lincoln Park.

A woman was walking home in the 500 block of West Wrightwood when two robbers confronted her and demanded her property, according to police. One of the robbers threatened the woman with a golf club while the other “forcefully took her purse,” a CPD media statement said. The duo jumped into a white vehicle and headed east.

An officer at the scene said the robber with the golf club was a Black male, standing 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a dark hoodie. The other man was a little shorter and also wore a dark hoodie.

The woman was not injured. But the same cannot be said for a man attacked by golf club-wielding robbers in River West on August 18.

In that case, 42-year-old Nick Christen was walking his dog in an alley behind the 900 block of West Ohio when two young men confronted him with a golf club around 9:30 p.m., according to a CPD report.

A surveillance video aired by ABC7 showed the offenders chasing Christen and whacking him with a club. One swing gave Christen a nasty head injury.

“It could have very easily killed me,” he told the TV station.

As in Lincoln Park, police said the offenders arrived in a white car.

“Before they jumped out, I started running. Before you know it, I feel a golf club hitting me from behind. There’s two guys running after me, cackling, laughing, saying how it’s so fun to beat down a random stranger,” Christen told NBC5.

The robbers didn’t get anything from Christen. The police have not said if the two cases are connected.

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