3 tourists attacked, robbed in downtown robberies wait hours for Chicago police to respond

CHICAGO — Three tourists were beaten and robbed in a pair of attacks in downtown Chicago early Saturday, two in the Loop and the other in River North. It’s not clear if the robberies are related.

First, two 22-year-old women were outside Miller’s Pub, 134 South Wabash, when they were approached by a group of between eight and ten people around 2 a.m.

A police spokesperson said the group physically attacked the victims, striking them in their faces and bodies and causing them to fall to the ground. The group then robbed the women of their valuables and fled.

Chicago police dispatch records show that the local CPD District was in “backlog” status at the time, meaning no police units were available to respond to the victims’ call for help. Nearly two hours after the attack, police met with the victims at their hotel in the Loop.

No descriptions of the offenders were available.

A CPD spokesperson said another man was attacked in River North sometime between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. He was in the 400 block of North State when five men attacked and robbed him of cash, jewelry, and a phone.

CPD dispatch records show that he first called for help from his hotel in the Loop around 4 a.m., but the case was not assigned to an officer for more than three hours. Police eventually met with the man at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he took himself for treatment of his injuries.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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