by The Chicago Times Staff

June 19, 2021

CHICAGO — Two violent bike robberies occurred in the Loop on Wednesday, prompting police to issue a warning.  According to a community advisory from Chicago Police, perpetrators approached a lone, unsuspecting victim on the street and grabbed the victims’ bicycle with force.

According to authorities, both incidents occurred in the late evening.  The first occurred around 11:20 p.m. on the 100 block of North Wabash Avenue, and the second occurred at 11:35 p.m. on the 100 block of North Dearborn St.  According to authorities, the robbers are characterized as black men between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

CPD advises citizens to follow these guidelines:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lit areas
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals loitering in the area
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • If you are confronted by an assailant, remain calm
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any physical/clothing identifiers in addition to any vehicle description and license plate information
  • If approached by a witness to an incident, request they remain on scene when possible or obtain contact information
  • Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police

Anyone with information on the bike robberies should contact the Bureau of Detectives Area 3 Detective Division at (312) 744-8263.