Monday, August 12, 2013

GANG UP: 8+ Jumped Me On Bike Path Early Saturday, Reddit User Says


Another victim who was robbed (or will it be downgraded to, uh, "theft-ed" by the police?) has taken to Reddit to share his story. In a post entitled, "A group of young guys are jumping people all over the city. Be warned and don't walk (or bike through the park) home alone late at night," Reddit user "busman" writes about the attack near Belmont Harbor,
They got me even though I was on my bike. One block away from my place I was just slowly gliding home as care free as can be. Then as soon as I look up I realized I was surrounded. They started throwing punches but weren't able to land a direct blow. 
One of them pushed me but I managed to ditch the bike and start running in one fluid motion. One of them ran after me and managed to yank my backpack hard enough to break the strap.
Also, if anyone happens to notice a bright orange Fuji declaration (with a red sticker that says Going Places) for sale at a bike resale shop, a message would be much appreciated.
Busman says he has spoken with an officer and a detective. In a private email to CWB he stated that a police report has been filed.

UPDATED 18 AUGUST 2013: The city today made public information that corroborates the Reddit poster's story.  From the city data portal crime information:

Case #HW401251
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 03:45:00
3100 N LAKE SHORE DR
ROBBERY STRONGARM - NO WEAPON
PARK PROPERTY
NO ARREST
BEAT 1934
WARD 44




Image: The Lakefront Trail south of Belmont as seen on Google Streetview.

6 comments:

  1. I was jogging just north of here around the same time. Very scary.

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  2. What large city in America, or the world for that matter, is it safe to be in a park at 3 am?

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  3. To the poster who only thinks this happens in the middle of the night. Its happening in the afternoon hours as well.

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  4. Anonymous Anonymous said...
    To the poster who only thinks this happens in the middle of the night. Its happening in the afternoon hours as well.

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    Indeed it does, anonymous. Here's a North Avenue Beach story fresh from the weekend. Don't those people know not to go outside in daylight hours?

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130812/lincoln-park/north-avenue-beach-biker-robbed-by-teen-wearing-batman-shirt-prosecutors

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  5. And another mid-afternoon robbery at happened at North Avenue Beach yesterday afternoon. This time a group of teen boys and girls harassed and intimidated three female tourists before stealing a phone.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-crime-robbery-20130812,0,600281.story

    At least they caught one of them and he's being held for now.

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  6. "What large city in America, or the world for that matter, is it safe to be in a park at 3 am?"

    Munich

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