Group mugs man in River North as Chicago police warn of similar attacks in the Loop

CHICAGO — A man was attacked and robbed by four men as he walked in River North early Saturday, Chicago police said. Meanwhile, CPD has issued a community alert about a series of robberies in the Loop in which up to eight people forcefully robbed victims on the street.

The River North robbery occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday in the 500 block of North Wells. Police said four offenders dressed in black jumped a 40-year-old man from behind and pushed him to the ground. Once he was down, the robbers went through the man’s pockets and took valuables, ripping some of his clothing.

He declined medical attention.

In the Loop, police linked a group of people to three robberies that occurred within 20 minutes late on September 15. Each time, between five and eight robbers confronted people on the street and used force to rob them.

Police said the robberies occurred in the first block of South Wabash around 11 p.m. and in the 200 block of South Canal at 11:15 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. They described the suspects as Black males and females between 13 and 18 years old who wore multi-colored hoodies.

Investigators are accepting tips about the crimes at 312-744-8263. The CPD crime pattern number is P23-3-074.

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