Police issue warning after string of Lakeview robberies

Fri. March 13, 2020 7:14 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Armed robbers use pepper spray during incidents near Boystown and Belmont Red Line station

Chicago police are investigating a string of armed robberies in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Two incidents of people getting pepper-sprayed and robbed happened early Thursday morning, Chicago police said in a community alert.

One robbery happened at 2 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Halsted, which is near the intersection of Halsted and Roscoe in Boystown. The second incident occurred in the 3200 block of North Sheffield, near the Belmont Red Line station, at 7:48 a.m.

Three suspects target victims in the public way, according to police. One offender discharged pepper spray in the victims' faces and took their belongings. In one robbery the victim was stabbed before the offenders fled.

The suspects are described as African American males approximately 20 years old, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area North detectives 312-744-8263.

A similar attack happened Monday morning at 8 a.m. in the same area of North Sheffield when a 52-year-old man was pepper-sprayed, stabbed and robbed.

The victim told police he was walking on North Sheffield when two or three offenders wearing black clothing attacked him.

The man was transported to Advocate Illinois Mosanic sMedical Center in serious condition.

No one is in custody. Area North detectives are investigating.