Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lakeview: Gunmen Rob 3 Women In Under 90 Minutes Tuesday Morning; 4th Robbery Victim Beaten In Boystown

Four people reported being robbed in Lakeview overnight, including three separate victims who said gunmen robbed them within a 90-minute time span.

No one is in custody for the crimes

Police believe the same offenders are responsible for the three armed robberies, but the fourth case is unrelated.

Two of the cases occurred within Wrigleyville and Boystown, where October has seen an average of one robbery per day.

Three Armed Robberies

• Around 4:05 a.m., a woman told police that several young men tried to rob her at gunpoint near Nelson and Ravenswood. The victim, who was driving at the time, sped from the scene and called for help from a nearby service station.

Area map shows locations of this morning's robberies
She described the offenders as three or four black males between 16- and 20-years-old. One of them had a very slim build and wore a red hoodie and carried a handgun, she said.

• A second woman reported a robbery about 45 minutes later in Wrigleyville. That victim told police that four offenders took her phone and her purse at gunpoint while she stood at a bus stop in the 800 block of West Sheridan.

Police tracked pings from her phone to the 900 block of West Belmont, but officers did not find the offenders.

The victim provided descriptions that were similar to those given by the first woman.

• Finally, at 5:20 a.m., a woman was robbed at gunpoint of her purse and phone by three teenagers in the 500 block of West Briar. As in the two earlier robberies, a teen in a red hoodie pulled out a handgun in the company of at least two other teens, the victim said. The muggers were last seen running westbound on Briar toward Broadway.

Fourth Case

The fourth incident is not believed to be related to the other three robberies. A man was beaten and robbed by two offenders in the 3500 block of North Halsted near Hydrate Nightclub around 1:15 a.m.

The victim said that a black man and another black man dressed as a woman beat him up and took $40. An ambulance crew treated the victim for his injuries.
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