4 robberies reported in West Town, Bucktown on Saturday evening

CHICAGO — At least four robberies were reported in West Town and Bucktown on Saturday evening, including one carjacking. Chicago police have not announced any arrests in connection with the incidents.

The first mugging occurred near the intersection of Ashland and Ohio around 6:15 p.m. Two robbers physically attacked a man during a mugging attempt, but they ran away without getting anything. An officer at the scene described the suspects as two Black males, one with dreads and wearing a black jacket.

Another robbery occurred around 7:25 p.m. behind the Mariano’s at 2021 West Chicago Avenue. Once again, two robbers physically attacked the victim. This time, they got away with the victim’s iPhone. He described them as Black men in their early 20s who stand about 6’2″ tall. They wore black clothing.

At about the same time, three men attacked and carjacked a woman in an alley behind the 2200 block of West Maypole. They drove away in the woman’s blue 2020 Subaru sedan.

Finally, around 8:30 p.m., a man implied that he had a weapon as he tried to carjack a victim in an alley behind the 2300 block of West North Avenue. The hijacker took the victim’s keys and phone but fled without taking the man’s Lexus.

Police searched the area for a suspect described as a Black man with a short beard, 18 to 22 years old, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, and wearing a black hoodie. They came up empty-handed.

Robberies in the Shakespeare (14th) District, which includes Wicker Park, Bucktown, and much of Logan Square, are up 24% from last year, according to CPD’s latest statistics report, released on March 3. Incidents are up 125% compared to 2020, the report said.

In the neighboring Near West (12th) District, robbery reports are down 4% this year but up 30% compared to 2020. Near West includes areas south of Division Street, such as the West Loop, West Town, Ukrainian Village, and Pilsen.

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