Armed Robbers Targeting Cell Phones

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    Police are on the alert after two incidents over the weekend involving an armed robber in the downtown Chicago area. (Published Monday, Jan 20, 2014)

    Police are on the alert after two incidents over the weekend involving an armed robber in the downtown Chicago area.

    The first incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North State Street.

    Police say a man followed a 12- and 15-year-old girl into a building, and when they got on the elevator, told them he had a weapon and demanded money.

    Police say he stole an iPhone and $20. Investigators are looking at surveillance video from the incident.

    The second robbery occurred at 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Michigan avenue.

    A 20-year-old California woman was headed back to her hotel when a man approached her from behind, placed something to her head and threatened to shoot her.

    Police say he made off with her purse, which contained $60 in cash, credit cards and her cell phone.

    No arrests have been made in either case, but police have suspect descriptions in both incidents.