Woman mugged in Lincoln Park, another robbed at gunpoint at Old Town gas station

CHICAGO — A woman was mugged while walking in Lincoln Park overnight, Chicago police say. In a separate incident, a brazen daytime holdup at a busy Old Town gas station on Wednesday morning resulted in the robbery of another woman at gunpoint.

Most recently, a 39-year-old woman was robbed while walking in the 2400 block of North Lakeview Avenue around 12:50 a.m. today. She said a man pushed her against a wall, took her purse, and fled. The victim chased the man for a few blocks while screaming for help, prompting several people to call 911. But the offender got away.

In Old Town, a 69-year-old woman told police that she was robbed at gunpoint at the BP station, 1647 North LaSalle, around 10:44 a.m.  A man approached her from behind, displayed a gun, and took her valuables, according to a CPD spokesperson. He escaped in a car that headed north. 

Neither victim required medical attention, according to CPD. Police did not release descriptions of either suspect.

As of Monday, robbery reports were up 3% this year, according to police statistics. However, these robberies occurred in police districts experiencing more significant increases.

The Town Hall (19th) District, stretching from Fullerton to Lawrence and the lake to the river, has seen a 48% surge in robberies this year. Robberies are up 10% in the Near North (18th) District, bounded by the lake, the river, and Fullerton Avenue.

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