Friday, August 31, 2018

Lincoln Park: Suspect sought in August 9th armed robbery; Similarities to Bucktown attacker

Police are seeking this man in connection with the August 9th robbery. | Chicago Police Dept
Chicago police today released images of a man who’s suspected of robbing a Lincoln Park couple on August 9th. The man's clothing bear strong resemblances to items worn by robbers during a similar attack in the Bucktown neighborhood one night earlier.

Around 1:25 a.m., two men robbed the man and woman at gunpoint as they walked in the 800 block of West Wrightwood Avenue, police said. The victims, both 27, said the robbers approached them from behind, and one of the offenders put a handgun to the male victim's head as they were robbed of their phones and a purse. The robbers were last seen running northbound on Dayton Street.

CWBChicago reported at the time that the suspects were both males, black, and about 6-feet tall with one wearing a Bulls hoodie and the other wearing a black hoodie.

The images released by police show a man in a dark Bulls hoodie and a "Brooklyn" baseball hat pumping gas at a Shell service station about 45 minutes after the robbery, according to a source. One of the victims’ credit cards was used at the gas station, the source said.

Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263 regarding case number JB-385578.

Police have not publicly connected the man seen in the gas station images with any other cases. However, the suspect's sweatshirt and distinctive hat with multi-color brim match items worn by two men who robbed a couple in Bucktown the night before the Lincoln Park mugging.

Video surveillance image of two robbers walking in an alley before attacking a couple in Bucktown on the night before the Lincoln Park robbery. | Provided
Around 3:15 a.m. on August 8th, a man and woman were holding hands and walking in the 2000 block of West Charleston Avenue when two offenders attacked them from behind. One of the offenders beat the man with a handgun during the attack, according to Block Club Chicago.

Three videos (available HERE, HERE, and HERE) show the offenders walking out of a nearby alley and then ambushing the victims on the street. One man wears a Bulls sweatshirt similar to the one seen in the gas station surveillance image. The other man has facial hair and wears a hat that bears strong similarities to the "Brooklyn" hat seen in the gas station image.

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