Saturday, October 01, 2016

Gunman Takes Cyclist's Bike And Cash In Lakeview Saturday

A gunman this morning robbed a bicyclist of his bike and other valuables in the 3100 block of North Orchard, police said.

Next time?
The offender pulled out a silver revolver, took the victim's property, and then pedaled away on Belmont around 7:50 a.m.

A CTA worker told police that a man matching the offender's description entered the Belmont Red Line station with a bike and fled on a train shortly after the hold-up.

Police say the suspect is a black man with a bandage over one eye who stands about 5'8" tall and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, a red jogging suit, and a black hat.

In addition to the victim's silver and black bicycle, the offender scored $67 cash and a phone.

Shell Shocked

Somewhat more expected, but not more acceptable, is the story of the woman who was robbed this week at the Addison Red Line station.

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That victim told police that a man who was playing a shell game on a northbound train tried to snatch money from her hand and then fought her for control of the cash. He and the victim exited at the Addison stop around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Police describe the robber as a 6-foot tall black man in his mid-40's with a heavy build and light facial hair who was wearing blue jeans and a black or blue sweater. He was last seen leaving the station at 940 West Addison in an unknown direction.

An ambulance assisted the victim, who reported chest pain.
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The next community policing meeting for Wrigleyville + Boystown will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the 19th District police station, 850 West Addison.