Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Couple Robbed After Taking "Fake Uber Ride" From Boystown Club; Four Other Muggings Reported

Five robberies have been reported in our area since late Friday night, including a couple that was robbed at knifepoint after being picked up from a popular Boystown club by an apparently fake Uber driver:

A Lakeview woman was knocked to the ground and robbed near the Sheridan Red Line station at 11:45PM Friday. The victim, who believed the attack may also have been an attempted sexual assault, was treated at Thorek Hospital for injuries, police said.

She described the attacker as a skinny black man who stands about 5’6” tall. He was wearing a black beanie and black clothing with a black book bag that had a silver medallion or tag.
He fled in an unknown direction with the victim’s iPhone, medicine, and $600 cash.

A Saturday afternoon robbery targeted a man as he used the Bank of America ATM at 3051 N. Clark at 2:40PM. The offender is described as a 6’1” black man wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and a surgical mask.

Two people who got into an apparently fake Uber vehicle outside Berlin nightclub were robbed at knifepoint by their driver early Monday morning.

When the vehicle reached the 1500 block of W. Melrose, the driver pulled a knife, demanded their valuables, and then forced them out of the car.

The offender drove a dark SUV and is described as a black man with a medium complexion who wore a striped shirt. He got away with the victims’ phones, credit cards, an Urban Outfitters leather bag, and a French passport.

A Lakeview woman told police that a man pulled a gun on her and her friend near Racine and Eddy around 2 o’clock Monday morning. The victim said the offender put a gun to her head and tried to rob her, but he eventually ran off without any proceeds. Police said the victim could not provide a detailed description because she was highly intoxicated.

About 30 minutes after the Racine/Eddy attempt, a man reported a similar robbery attempt in the 700 block of W. Briar.

The victim, who refused to file a police report, said that the offender approached him in a nearby alley and attempted to rob him while holding a handgun. Again, the offender fled without any proceeds.

Police said the gunman was a skinny black man with braided hair who stands about 5’7” tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has “metal in his mouth.”
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21 comments:

  1. #2 is the scariest one. That was broad daylight on an active intersection halfway between Belmont and Diversey.

    You ain't safe nowhere, no how, in Chicago. And that's the way Rahm wants it - cannibalize the North Side and Loop to whatever extent necessary to get Chicago off the national news on account of the South Side. He's too stupid to see the impact on ratables and out-migration.

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  2. Why would somebody call the police then refuse to file a report?

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    1. The police probably were like "Sure, you can file a report if you want, but it probably won't make a difference since we don't follow up"

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    2. Heh - and how many times has THAT question been asked ans been answered like "They didn't want to be bothered...they just wanted to go home..." Basically, if you're not going to file a report for the CPD, then DON'T waste the resources.

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    3. It says that a man reported the robbery, but that the victim refused to file a report. From that phrasing, I take it that the person who called the police was NOT the victim. As to why the victim refused to file a report, I have no idea.

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    4. The police probably asked them if they wanted to GO TO THE STATION to file a report. I've had that happen. It's a wonderful way to keep the numbers down because most people don't want to go down to the station.

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  3. A lot of bizarre stories here, I imagine that since Uber gives you a photo of the driver along with their car make and license plate number the people who got in the car were partying pretty hard in order to get into the wrong vehicle.

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    1. It happens all the time. You wouldn't believe the drunks (especially females) pulling on my door handles when I drove for Uber. I kept my doors locked until I verified name and their state of coherency.....and I never drove past midnight. Uber on! And please tip your driver - NO a gratuity is NOT included with UberX.

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    2. I couldn't agree more. I was totally dumbfounded when I read this today.

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    3. And they were foreign (French passport) and probably tipsy from a night out at the Berlin night club.

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    4. It's better to call a cab. At least you see the cab name, cab number, driver name and number. Anybody can put a U sign in their car.

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    5. How did these people fall for a fake Uber? Drunk out of their minds I guess. The app shows the make/model/plate of the car picking you up, why would anyone get into a different car?! LOL

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  4. Ugh, I remember seeing a creepy man in a surgical mask on Clark that day with the same features. If only cops could still make stops! He stuck out from the crowd ... in a bad way. Not exactly sure if this was before or after the robbery. I walked around a parked car in the street to avoid walking next to him on the sidewalk. Clearly, made the right call.

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    1. Making stops is now deemed unnecessary per the ACLU even though crime was actually down when those stops happened

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  5. My God, Tom Tunney. Are you reading all of this? Your phone should be burning off the hook at Police Headquarters - right to the new Police Boss. You voted for $500 + million dollars in property taxes and were told that the 19th district would be brought up to it's original strength. What happened ? I think it's called the " trick bag". You got duped along with every one who voted for the new tax increase. Now, who has seen an increase to police? Hum . . . The west and the south side of the city. Did we see an increase in officers ? NO. And how much over time has the city paid for the troops to hit the south and west side ? Plus we loose more then 1/2 of the detectives from Belmont & Western to go to Harrison & Kedzie. Enjoy your part time salary and give the finger to the people who voted for you.

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  6. So the purpose of the daily armed guard outside that Bank of America ATM is........? Seriously?

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  7. Uber is getting a bad rap. I'd much rather get into a cab with advertising pasted all over it than a "fake" Uber car. Anybody can print a U and put it in their windshield.

    Who carries $600 in cash???? Who???

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    1. There is a license plate # and type of vehicle as well as the driver's picture for Uber and Lyft on the app so I don't understand your point here with regard to someone mixing up a fake Uber for a real one. That's your prerogative to trust cabs more but just saying...

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    2. The app shows the vehicle make, model and license plate. The French passport makes me wonder if it's a case of a tourist being taken advantage of. Tourists also might carry $600 in cash...let's not blame Uber and the victim.

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  8. The line for Uber at Midway Airport was longer than the cab queue. I thought the same thing while waiting for our ride. Anyone could just pull up, and a tired passenger just hopping in without verifying. Even stranger, many uber cars were already lined up before being called. It was strange. But, hey, you're saving about half on fair so the risk is worth it.

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  9. the cops are know about it. so why they don't take any step about it ? It's really unsafe fr every uber driver

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