Saturday, November 09, 2013

4 ROBBERIES IN 14 MINUTES: Wave Of Attacks Before Midnight

It was 14 minutes of pure mayhem as four robberies swept the neighborhood between 11:12PM and 11:26PM Friday, with at least one victim seeking treatment at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

No offenders are in custody at this hour.

Incident #1, 11:12PM, 900 block of School St.
Multiple 911 callers report a man yelling for help in the alley after he was mugged by two offenders. The victim, who is reported to have a broken leg, is given medical attention. It is not clear if fracture was suffered before, during, or after the attack.

His attackers were last seen running northbound in an alley with the victim's cell phone.

OFFENDER 1: Male, Hispanic, 5'11" tall, heavyset, black shirt, black pants, work boots.
OFFENDER 2: Male, Hispanic, 5'8" tall, thinner, reflective material across the lower back section of his coat.
Both offenders are said to have worn Carhartt-style construction coats.

Recorded as a strong arm robbery in CPD case #HW526465.

Incident #2, 11:13PM, Roscoe at Sheffield
Three offenders, described only as black men wearing hooded sweatshirts, pushed a woman to the ground and robbed her. The offenders fled in a light-colored cargo van that has two windows in the back. Taken in the robbery was the victim's black iPhone 5. Case number is HW526453.

Incident #3 11:24PM, 945 W. Belmont
A man was robbed at gunpoint of his suitcase at the Belmont Red Line station by offenders who were described only as black or Hispanic males wearing black hoodies. Case number is HW526438.

Incident #4 11:26PM, Halsted at Aldine
A group of four to five black men wearing dark hoodies and "skinny jeans" surrounded a woman and her friend, then said, "we're going to take our purse." One of the women screamed, causing the offenders to flee eastbound on Aldine. The thugs did not succeed in taking anything from the women.

The victims did not file a report, stating that they only wanted to make police aware of "suspicious activity."

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