Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cops Investigating Weekend Robberies In Boystown And On The Belmont Strip

Police are investigating two reported robberies in our immediate neighborhood from over the weekend. No one is in custody.

The victim was robbed at the mouth of this alley. | Google
The first victim flagged down a passing police officer near Cornelia and Halsted at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday. He had just been robbed near the mouth of a nearby alley by a man who stuck an object in his back that he believed to be a gun, the man said.

He described the offender as a 20-year-old black man who stands about 5’5” tall and weighs about 140 pounds. The robber wore a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a blue baseball cap, and he had no facial hair, according to the victim.

The gunman was last seen running northbound through the west alley of Halsted Street from Cornelia.

The second victim was robbed near this 7-Eleven | Google
Another man was robbed at gunpoint near the 7-Eleven store at 1153 West Belmont on Sunday morning.

In that case, the victim ran to his nearby home after four men surrounded him and one offender pulled out a handgun around 1:45 a.m.

The primary offender was a young black male who wore a red sweatshirt, according to the victim.


Wrigleyville and Boystown recorded four robberies through the first eleven days of this year. That’s down from eight robberies during the same period last year.

In other parts of the area:

• A Truman College security guard was robbed near the school campus on Friday morning. The victim told police that an offender approached him near Racine and Leland around 8:30 a.m. and took his black backpack, which contained a laptop.

The offender is described as a 40-year-old black man who stands about 5’10” tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, the victim said.

• A juvenile is charged with knocking an Uptown woman to the ground and robbing her in the 900 block of West Agatite last Sunday. Agatite is one block north of Montrose.

The woman told police that she was walking to her house after midnight when the boy shoved her to the ground, slammed her head into the pavement, and took her purse.

Cops took the offender into custody by following the woman’s phone pings to the area of Balmoral and Winthrop in Edgewater.

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  1. Sorry, I can't help but chickle now. The 5'5" description sounds exactly like the one I saw at that exact location 5 years ago when my 6'1" White ass turned around and said "I KNOW you're not fucking following ME!".....and he ran the other way.

  2. I personally have seen half a dozen shady characters hiding in that first alley, behind the coffee shop on Cornelia. My roommate even saw a guy get jumped right there at 3AM when he walking his dog - he said the 2 perpetrators jumped the guy and had his walled within 2 seconds of spotting them. They were stalking the victim quietly, hiding in the shadows.

  3. Peet's employees have said how fearful they are of that alley. They have to take the garbage out periodically (including in the evening) and corporate won't let the garbage wait until morning and daylight. Sad, risking human life over a bag or two of garbage. But then again this is the same corporate entity that encourages thugs from the CoH to "Come on in!" and take up seating space needed by paying customers ... often with free and drinks included for these thugs. #smh

  4. Truman Security had a bad week beyond the robbery of their guard. What about the sexual assault in their parking lot? Or is that being played down because the victim was a mentally challenged resident of one of the nearby nursing homes? It happened Wednesday, at 2:20 p.m., in Broad Daylight! Where's the coverage on that?

  5. My god! I live in the 900 block of West Agatite!! Was this nearer to the Hazel intersection or Sheridan?

  6. That's the same alley where this happened -