Nine muggings were reported in the first 10 days of this year while the area had only eight for the entire month of January last year. There were nine for the full month of January 2014, records show.
More incidents were reported this weekend, too:
• Witnesses reported that a 43-year-old male CTA employee was knocked unconscious and robbed at the Belmont CTA station around 3:45AM on Saturday. The victim was transported to Thorek Hospital for treatment, but police would not immediately confirm that he had been robbed.
• A victim was jumped and robbed by four men in the 3600 block of N. Fremont shortly after midnight Sunday morning. The robbers took the man's wallet and cellphone before fleeing into a nearby alley. Officers tracked down three suspects who were positively identified by the victim.
The offenders may have been leaving a large party that involved an estimated 100 "kids" in the 900 block of Addison, police said.
• A man who was simply walking to his car reported that two men approached him and punched him in the face before demanding his valuables around 6:30PM on Sunday near Barry and Southport. The two offenders fled in a silver vehicle, the victim said. He was treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Grill TargetedEmployees of the Diner Grill, 1635 W. Irving Park Road, reported being robbed at gunpoint around 3:40AM on Saturday.
A white man wearing a ski mask entered the restaurant and displayed a handgun, the victims said. He fled in a silver or gray SUV which may have been an Explorer or Expedition.
An employee later found a spent shell casing on the kitchen floor, police said.