About seven men jumped out of a car, hit a man in the leg with a hammer, grabbed him by the neck, and stripped him of his valuables at 12:30 this morning.
That's just one of three area robberies that were reported within a 25-minute period overnight.
A Wrigleyville woman reported that her roommate was kicked in the head by an offender who fled eastbound on Newport Avenue toward Clark Street.
The offender, either a black woman or a black man dressed as a woman, was about 25 years old, had shoulder-length hair, and wore an orange hoodie with white writing on it and black leggings.
Taken in the robbery were a medium-sized black Marc Jacobs purse, an iPhone 4S, and the victim's wallet, which contained about $60.
Chicago Police Department case #HW472997.
Robbery #2 12:41AM, Seminary between Wellington and Barry
A 911 caller reported that their male roommate had been jumped by six or seven teenaged offenders. The victim was struck in the leg with a hammer and held by the neck while his valuables were taken away.
The hammer was wielded by a Hispanic male, about 6-feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing a dark gray hoodie. All of the other robbers were described as black males about 19 years of age. One of the teens wore a white jacket.
The gang fled the area southbound on Seminary, possibly in a silver 4-door car.
Taken in the robbery were the victim's wallet, phone, iPod, and keys.
Chicago Police Department case #HW473019.
Robbery #3 (Purse-Snatching) 12:49AM, Belmont and Broadway
|A robbery offender fled through this parking lot to the alley overnight.|
The offender is further described as being about 6-feet tall, dark complected, and wearing a red tank top and dark boots.
After taking the woman's wallet, the offender fled through a parking lot next to the Merlo library and then continued running toward Halsted Street.
A dark vehicle, possibly an older model Nissan Altima may have been involved in the crime.
The case is classified as a theft/purse-snatching Chicago Police Department case #HW473018.
In addition to the attacks confirmed above, 911 received a call of a woman screaming for help in an alley near Wellington and Pine Grove at 1:08AM. It is not known if officers made contact with anyone. CWB reports this because the location is in the general area of this morning's other three crimes
Also, a 19th district officer took a strong arm robbery report under case HW473090 at 4:54 this morning. The location and details of this incident are not yet known.