Old Town

Men Yank Woman Off Divvy Bike, Take Her Things in Old Town, Video Shows

Surveillance video shows a woman attacked by three men while riding a Divvy bike Wednesday--the latest in a string of robberies in the Old Town neighborhood.

The 42-year-old woman can be seen about 5:45 p.m. being pulled from her bike as the men take her belongings and flee as she lay in the street in the 1800 block of North Sedgwick Street.

Lisa Vakulin-Rose is the manager at marge's still on Sedgwick. In January, one of her employees was pistol whipped and shot at during a robbery on his way home from work.

"I think it's a very scary situation right now," Vakulin-Rose said. "There's been far too many robberies."

At least six people have been robbed in Old Town since the beginning of the year, police said.

Ald. Michelle Smith says 10 additional police officers have been assigned to the neighborhood.

"I am reviewing data that points to recent changes in the juvenile justice system that appear to be a significant part of the problem," Smith said in a statement. "Crime must have consequences."

Alderman smith's office also announced Thursday the creation of task force to focus on carjackings.

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