Community alerts over local robberies

Staff Writer

The Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department both issued community alerts over the weekend following a string of robberies around Hyde Park.

In each of the five reported incidents, groups of three or four men approached victims, displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the victims’ pockets.

CPD reported two incidents, one at 7:30 p.m. Friday, on the 1300 block of East 50th Street, and another at 7:38 p.m. Friday on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue.

UCPD reported three separate incidents In the first, at 5 p.m. on Friday, two minors walking south on Greenwood between 61st and 62nd streets were approached by two unknown men. The men displayed a handgun and demanded the victims’ iPhones, iPods, laptop computer and a wallet before fleeing.

In another UCPD incident at 7:20 p.m. Friday four victims walking west on 50th Street between Blackstone and Dorchestser were approached by four unknown men. The men, again, displayed a handgun and demanded the victims’ cash and cell phones.

In UCPD’s last reported incident at 7:50 p.m. Friday, a resident was standing in the alley on Harper Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. The victim was approached by one man who displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s cell phone.

No victims were injured in any incidents.

UCPD Chief of Police Marlon Lynch said, in a community alert the department released, that the descriptions of the suspects differ in each incident.

Both UCPD and CPD advised being alert and aware of your surroundings and not to resist an armed robbery unless absolutely necessary. Avoid using cell phones or electronics on the streets and if you see suspicious activity alert the police immediately. Never pursue a fleeing assailant and remember any unique physical characteristics.