Alert Issued After Violent Robberies in River North, Gold Coast

Chicago police have issued a community alert after a series of violent robberies in the city’s River North and Gold Coast neighborhoods this month.

According to authorities, at least three robberies have occurred in which two men approached victims and either punched them or forcibly grabbed property from their hands.

The incidents have occurred in:

  • 600 block of North Wells Street, Aug. 3 in the evening hours
  • 0-100 block of West Grand Avenue, Aug. 7 in the morning hours
  • 100 block of East Chestnut Street, Aug. 18 in the morning hours

The suspects are described as two African-American men, standing between 5-feet-8 inches and 5-feet-10 inches tall and weighing between 130 and 150 pounds. The suspects are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 18.

Residents are advised to always be aware of their surroundings, and if they are confronted by an assailant, to remain calm. Remember any unique physical characteristics, including scars, acne, tattoos, or limps.

Anyone with information on the robberies is encouraged to call the Bureau of Detectives at 312-747-8380.

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