UPDATED 06/07/11 8:09 p.m.
CHICAGO (STMW/WBBM) — Both University of Illinois at Chicago police and Chicago Police have issued alerts after two people were beaten and robbed aboard separate CTA buses late Saturday into Sunday near the Near West Side campus.
The first robbery happened Saturday about 11:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Racine Street, while the UIC student was robbed aboard a bus at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, police said. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding has the story.
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The student was sitting on a No. 12 CTA bus at 1300 W. Roosevelt Rd. when a group of males got on the bus, according to an alert from the University of Illinois at Chicago police. One suspect struck the student with a glass bottle on the back of his head and took the student’s iPod.
In the earlier robbery, a victim was struck multiple times before the offenders got off the bus and fled with a cell phone, an alert from Harrison Area detectives said.
The offenders are 8 to 15 young black men between 14 and 20. They are approximately 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-1, 140 to 180 pounds. They were last seen wearing baseball caps, some with braided hair and some with short hair. They were wearing shorts and t-shirts, the alert said.
After the second robbery, the bus driver then alerted Chicago police, who responded to the incident.
An ambulance took the student to University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago for treatment, the alert said. The alert said a surveillance video from the bus may be available for review.
Campus police and Harrison Area detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call UIC police at (312) 996-2830 or detectives at (312) 746-8253.
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