The first victim was punched in the head and robbed of her purse around 4:45AM at Irving Park and Hermitage, just two blocks south of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home.
She described her attacker as male, black, 5'6" tall, 140 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a tan hoodie. He was last seen heading south on Hermitage. Mid-morning, a nearby resident found some of the stolen property discarded in front of a home just south of the robbery scene. Police returned the recovered items. CPD case HX454557.
About an hour after the first incident, a 64-year-old woman was struck from behind by a male offender who took her purse near Paulina and Addison. The victim, who sought medical attention at St. Joseph's Hospital, was unable to offer much of a description because she was attacked from the rear. CPD case HX454607.
Coincidentally, a resident called 911 at 6:20AM to report a black male wearing a tan coat cruising around Addison and Marshfield checking car door handles. Officers stopped that man but did not have cause for arrest at the time.