Two violent robberies in the South Loop in the last week have prompted police to issue a community alert.
The robberies were reported about 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the 0-100 block of West Harrison and about 9 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the 900 block of South Michigan, police said.
In both cases, two males walked up to people on the sidewalk and punched or knocked them to the ground, police said.
As the victim was on the ground, suspects either continued to kick them, or one suspect held them down while the other went through their pockets. In one case, the suspects stole a victim’s computer equipment.
The suspects were described as black males, between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall, each weighing between 160 and 200 pounds, police said.
Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.