Armed robbery caught on video in Ravenswood

Two robbers approach a man from behind in the 4500 block of North Lincoln on October 6, 2023. | YouTube

CHICAGO — A surveillance camera was rolling as two armed robbers mugged a Ravenswood man near his home on Friday night.

It happened as the victim, a 36-year-old man according to Chicago police, was walking in an alley in the 4500 block of North Lincoln around 10 p.m.

Hearing someone run up behind him, the victim turned around and saw the two robbers closing in just a few feet away.

They pinned him against a wall and the robbery began. A Chicago police spokesperson said the robbers displayed a firearm.

One of the robbers turns and runs away while the other stays with the victim, who lies on the pavement. The second robber hovers over the victim for several seconds. It is hard to see exactly what he did because of the darkness.

The robbers got away with the victim’s keys, wallet, and phone. They ran to his nearby Honda and drove it away, according to a police report.

The surveillance video was shared with CWBChicago by a reader:

The robbery occurred within the Lincoln Square community area, which is typically one of the safest parts of the city. Through September 30, Lincoln Square recorded 34 robberies this year. That’s up from last year and slightly above the ten-year average.

Many other community areas are seeing significant increases in robberies, particularly this year.

West Town, for example, is experiencing a 30% increase in robberies compared to last year. Compared to 2014, robberies they are up 91%. West Town includes neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, and the West Loop.

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