3 Face Charges in Downtown Mob Attack

Police are looking for more suspects in the latest mob attack and robbery downtown

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    June 7, 2011: Witness describes what he saw in an attack and robbery near Chicago and Wabash avenues. (Published Friday, Jun 10, 2011)

    Three teenagers face charges Wednesday morning in connection with the latest downtown mob robbery, and police are looking for more suspects.

    Two 18 year olds and a 16 year old were arrested after a group of 15 youths reportedly beat and robbed two people around 8:30 p.m. at Chicago Avenue and North Wabash Avenue, News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

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    June 6, 2011: Police say a group of between 15 and 20 teenagers on Saturday night attacked a man parking his scooter near Northwestern University's Streeterville campus before robbing another man near the lake. (Published Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011)

    Police have filed for charges, but the charges still need to be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office.

    Witnesses told NBC Chicago the mob of teens attacked two young men, beating them and stealing their money. The group first tried to attack the two victims on Michigan Avenue, the witness said, then chased them to Chicago and Wabash, where one of the victims tripped and fell.

    "When we saw the first punch thrown at the kid, me and my friends took off our uniforms and just darted over there trying to help," said witness Cory Bynum. "We get there, [the victim was] coughing up blood, his face is like really bloody and he's all, 'Oh, they just stole $350 from me.' "

    The thieves then ran toward the nearby Chicago Red Line stop, at Chicago and State, another witness said.

    Bynum remained on the scene and said he was able to help police identify one of the attackers. 

    The reported incident comes within hours of police issuing a community alert in connection with a pair of mob attacks on Chicago Transit Authority buses and weekend attacks in Streeterville and the lakefront.