Monday, August 05, 2019

New: Police now confirm second bicyclist was mugged on lakefront last Tuesday evening

A view from the pier at North Avenue Beach. | Google
Chicago police today confirmed that a second bicyclist was pushed to the ground and robbed along the lakefront last Tuesday evening. CWBChicago reported on the incident and a similar case two hours earlier last week. But police were unable to locate a report documenting the second robbery last week because it had been tied to an incorrect address.

Police today provided new details after finding the misfiled report.

A CPD spokesperson said that a 40-year-old woman was biking southbound on the lakefront trail near North Avenue Beach when she was approached by five men around 11:20 p.m. last Tuesday.

The victim said one of the men pushed her off of her bike, and the offenders then took the 10-speed along with other personal property before they ran from the scene.

Officers who searched the area found two males walking north of Oak Street Beach with a bike similar to the victim’s. They were detained, but the victim said they did not fit the description of the people who robbed her. Police released both of the subjects and returned the bike to the woman, a spokesperson said.

CWBChicago reported last Wednesday that the woman was near the pier at North Avenue Beach when five teenagers pushed her to the ground and stole her bike, phone, and backpack. The bike was recovered from a man in the 1400 block of North Lake Shore Drive after the victim saw someone riding it, we reported.

The victim described the offenders only as five teenage black males who were last seen heading toward the LaSalle Drive underpass, according to a CPD source.

About two hours earlier, a 44-year-old man was standing on the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive when three men approached and punched him in the face, police said. The offenders took his bike and other belongings and then fled the scene around 9:40 p.m, according to CPD.

The robbers in that incident were described as black males between 19- and 21-years-old who stand 5’4” to 5’9” tall and weigh about 160 pounds, according to a CPD spokesperson. No one is in custody for either incident.
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