Newfound ‘friends’ rob man at knifepoint in Wrigleyville

CHICAGO — A group of strangers who quickly befriended a man in Wrigleyville ended up robbing him early Saturday morning.

The victim stepped out of his Uber on Clark Street, just south of Wrigley Field, when a group of two men and two women started chatting him up around 1:30 a.m., according to initial information. As the man walked home, his new friends tagged along, seeming quite friendly at first.

But, as they made their way down the 1100 block of West Eddy, the vibe changed. The men pulled out a knife and robbed him, according to the victim. Then, the foursome walked away, last seen heading south on Seminary Avenue.

Nearly two hours after the robbery, the victim received a message from the men asking for his phone password. Experienced robbers typically secure this information immediately upon receiving devices from their victims.

The victim described the men as Black, with one being bald and about 6’4″ tall. The other is about 6 feet tall. He had dreads and facial hair. He told police one of the women wore a peach-colored shirt.

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