2 more robberies reported in Lakeview, where muggings are up 55% this year

CHICAGO — Police are investigating two more robberies reported Thursday morning in Lakeview. They’re the latest problems for CPD’s Town Hall (19th) District, where robbery reports are up 55% this year.

Thursday’s robberies occurred less than 30 minutes apart, but the robbers used different techniques and were reportedly seen in different vehicles, suggesting the crimes may be unrelated.

First, a 60-year-old man was robbed around 3:10 a.m. in the 1400 block of West George, a Chicago police spokesperson said. He was on the sidewalk when two men exited a vehicle, implied they had a firearm, and took his valuables. He was not injured.

The next victim wasn’t so lucky. He was getting out of his car in the 1700 block of West Grace when three men confronted him with a handgun around 3:37 a.m., the spokesperson said. One of the offenders hit him in the head with a pistol as the group stole his keys, cash, and phone. The pistol-whipping created a laceration, but he declined medical services.

The first group of robbers were described as black men wearing hoodies and traveling in an older, dark-colored Dodge Caravan. In the second robbery, the suspects were described as Black men in their late teens to mid-20s, one of whom had long hair and wore a red hoodie. They arrived in a dark compact car.

Both robberies occurred in the Lakeview-based Town Hall District, which had recorded 79 robberies as of Monday, according to CPD’s latest statistics. That’s up from 51 at this point last year and the most robberies seen at this point in the five-year history provided in CPD’s report.

The Town Hall District’s boundaries are Fullerton and Lawrence avenues, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan.

Citywide robbery reports are down 1% this year, but the number of cases is still well above levels seen in other recent years.

Editor’s note: Subsequent to the publication of this story, the Chicago Police Department released a community alert linking the Lakeview robberies to two others committed the same morning. According to the alert, the robbers committed holdups in the 1400 block of West George at 3:10 a.m., the 1700 block of West Grace at 3:37 a.m., the 400 block of North Hoyne at 4:15 a.m., and the 500 block of South Western at 5:10 a.m.

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