CHICAGO (SCS) — Two women were robbed within a few blocks of each other in less than an hour. It happened in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in broad daylight – and it’s not the first time.
One of the women was robbed in Hampden and Deming Place, where a witness said he saw the suspect, dressed in an Allen Iverson jersey, get out of a double parked car and pull a woman to the ground as she was unloading groceries from his car. .
A neighbor says it made her more alert.
“I have some of my IDs, I don’t take everything everywhere I go. I did this morning, just kind of a precaution,” Gabriela Scewczyk said. “It’s always more concerning when it hits closer to home because you just think the number of times I’ve walked around this neighborhood late at night or even on my own, it’s like, oh, is- do I want to walk alone these days?”
Chicago police said around 1 p.m. Saturday near Lakeview Ave and Fulerton Parkway, a 26-year-old woman was on the sidewalk when a man approached her, grabbed her and then took her property before leaving in a vehicle.
Half an hour earlier and just four blocks away, police said a 48-year-old woman in the 2600 block of North Hampden Court was on the street getting groceries from a car when a man grabbed her, pulled her to the ground and took her belongings and ran away.
“It’s one thing when it’s like one or two instance types, but it seems like a recurring thing,” Scewczyk said.
A few weeks ago, another woman was robbed on this same street. Police said on June 2, a 31-year-old woman was crossing the driveway near the 2600 block of North Hampden Court when a vehicle pulled up in front of her and two men got out. The men took her purse and cell phone, got back in the car and drove off.
The victim injured her shoulder trying to hold on to her purse and cell phone.
“As people are out, they’re just doing their own thing enjoying the weather, and that’s not something they should be worried about,” Scewczyk said. “But at the same time, it is what it is.”
Chicago police said no one was in custody in any of the incidents.