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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