Update: Boys, ages 13, 15, and 17, charged with mugging 2 women minutes apart in Boystown

CHICAGO — Three boys, one only 13 years old, mugged two women in about 15 minutes Monday evening in Boystown, Chicago police say. A third, similar robbery occurred in Rogers Park, but it is unclear if the same group is responsible for that crime.

In Boystown, a 31-year-old woman told police that three males approached her in the. 3200 block of North Halsted and demanded her property around 8:55 p.m., a CPD spokesperson said.

The group patted her down, asked if she wanted to die over a phone, and demanded her phone password, according to initial reports.

Cops quickly detained three suspects at the corner of Melrose and Broadway. The robbery victim soon realized her stolen phone was pinging at that location, too.

While officers were handling the Halsted robbery, a second woman contacted police to report that she had been robbed by three males in the 400 block of West Roscoe.

Both victims identified the suspects detained by police as the robbers, according to CPD’s spokesperson. The boys, ages 13, 15, and 17, are each charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. The 17-year-old also had an outstanding warrant.

In Rogers Park, a woman reported that two males wearing masks grabbed her near the intersection of Loyola and Glenwood and then refused to let her go until she surrendered her valuables. That occurred around the same time as the Boystown holdups.

CPD’s Town Hall (19th) District, which includes Boystown, is experiencing a 48% increase in robberies this year compared to 2023. There have been 90 cases reported in the district through Sunday, according to the department’s latest stats. Robbery reports in Town Hall are at the highest level in the five-year time period included in CPD’s statistical report.

Citywide, robbery reports had been down 1% this year as of mid-March, but there were so many robberies last week, the category is now up 3% compared to last year. Like Town Hall, robberies in the city are at the highest level in at least five years.

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