Reports reveal spate of robberies

Staff Writer

Chicago Police and the University of Chicago Police departments released a number of community and security alerts in July.

UCPD released two security alerts last week. The first, released on Monday, July 22, warned pedestrians to be aware around 59th Street and Blackstone Avenue after two men approached a victim, displayed a handgun and took the victim’s cell phone. Both suspects fled north in a red car. The victim was not injured.

The second security alert, released on Thursday, July 25, warned that a university staff member was sitting in his parked car on Cottage Grove Avenue near 58th Street when an unknown man approached, displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s car.

The victim struggled with the suspect before the suspect fled southbound on a bicycle toward Midway Plaisance. According to a press release, the victim received a slight laceration to his hand and refused medical treatment. The incident was captured on video surveillance and has been turned over to the police

The UCPD Chief of Police Marlon Lynch, in the security alert, reminded people not to resist an armed robbery unless “absolutely necessary.” Lynch also advised against using a cell phone on the street. Be aware of your surroundings an alert at all times, become familiar with the location of university emergency phones and report suspicious activity as soon as possible.

The CPD has also released four separate community alerts this month regarding at least nine separate incidents of robbery on the 5400 block of South Ellis Avenue, the 5300 and 5400 blocks of South Drexel Boulevard, the 1000 block of East 54th Street, the 4800 blocks of South St. Lawrence and South Champlain avenues, and Lake Shore Drive along the lakefront path at 47th Street and 43rd Street.

In each of these incidents the suspects approached victims, sometimes displaying or implying they have a weapon or physically attacked the victims, stole property and fled.

CPD also released separate community alerts about homes being broken into and items removed from them during daylight hours on the 5200 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, in multiple incidents on the 5300 block of South Greenwood Avenue, on the 1100 block of East 54th Place and on the 5400 block of South University Avenue.

Neither UCPD nor CPD responded to an interview request by Herald press time.