By TONIA HILL
On Friday night, Dec. 9, there were three robberies in the area near the University of Chicago (U. of C.) campus. The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) responded to the incidents that appear to be related.
At 9:15 p.m. a university medicine staff member, who was walking on the north side of East 55th Street between Ingleside and Ellis avenues, was approached by three unknown suspects. The suspects demanded the victim’s property, and the victim handed over his book bag to the suspects. The suspects fled in a white SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries.
At 10:15 p.m., a university student, who was walking off-campus southbound on South Greenwood Avenue between 54th and 55th streets, was approached by one unknown suspect. The suspect demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before entering a waiting white or tan SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries.
Five minutes later at 10:20 p.m., a university student, who was walking off-campus on 54th Street between South University and South Woodlawn avenues, was approached by an unknown suspect who demanded his property. The suspect took the victim’s cell phone before entering a white SUV that drove off in an unknown direction. The victim reported no physical injuries.