Friday, July 14, 2017

Woman Mugged In Southeast Lakeview Overnight — At Least The Fifth Hold-Up Since Last Wednesday

Today's mugging is at least the fifth hold-up since last Wednesday that is believed to be connected to the duo.
Cops got close but ultimately came up short early today in their pursuit of two men suspected in a series of robberies across Southeast Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park.

Around 11:55 last night, the men beat up and robbed a woman in the 600 block of West Oakdale.

Officers caught up with one suspect at the Diversey Brown Line station around 12:25 today. But the man jumped from the platform onto the roof of a nearby Potbelly restaurant and then fled, police said.

He was last seen by a resident—crawling out of a trash can in the 1000 block of West Montana around 1 a.m. He may now be limping.

The robbers’ descriptions closely matched those from a series of similar muggings in the area: two black men in dark hoodies—one about 6’2” wearing a black track suit with a red stripe and carrying a backpack; the other shorter and possibly sporting an Afro. Some victims have said that the men displayed a handgun.

Detectives were said to be preparing a community alert about the robberies on Sunday, but that has yet to materialize.

Other muggings connected to the two offenders include:
  1. 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, near Clark and Arlington 
  2. 1:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, in the 700 block of West Briar 
  3. 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the 600 block of West Deming 
  4. 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the 500 block of West Briar
Additionally, a 911 caller reported that he encountered a man and a woman who had just been robbed near Lincoln and Montana at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday. The offenders’ descriptions were consistent with the other robberies in this pattern, but police were not able to immediately locate the couple.
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