|Map of robberies and a homicide reported in 2015|
The small nightlife district along Sheffield Avenue near Illinois Masonic Medical Center appears to be the new hot spot for muggers.
In addition to seeing an increase in robberies this year, a man was murdered there after being robbed of his cell phone in late May. A suspect is in custody for that crime.
The latest robbery came this morning when a Lakeview man was beaten and robbed of a cell phone near his home around 4:30.
The victim told police that three offenders battered him, mugged him, then fled southbound from near the intersection of Mildred and George.
According to the victim, the primary offender was a short black man who wore a black leather jacket with spikes on it. The other two suspects were described only as men in dark clothing.
This morning’s robbery took place about two blocks north of a July 2 incident in which a man was beaten and robbed in front of his home near 2700 N. Mildred.