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.

Elsewhere

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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