East Lakeview Woman: I Was Tricked Into Letting Robber In

UPDATED 08/04/11 9:08 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A woman says she was tricked into letting a young man into the lobby of her East Lakeview neighborhood residence this week, only to be beaten and robbed by the suspect.

Around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, the woman was walking and talking on a cell phone in the busy area of Belmont Avenue and Broadway, when a man began chatting her up, police said in a community alert.

The suspect told the woman he was looking for a family member, and persuaded her to let him into her apartment building, police said.

But once inside the lobby of the building, the suspect proceeded to rob and beat the victim, police said.

He is described as an African-American male between the ages of 16 and 23, standing between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing 120 to 140 pounds. The suspect has short hair, a dark complexion and facial hair.

The area around Belmont and Broadway is densely populated and always busy with foot traffic – even in the overnight hours. A 24-hour Walgreens drugstore is among the businesses at the intersection.

Police advise everyone in the neighborhood to be especially vigilant. They also say anyone with information should call Belmont Area detectives at (312) 744-8263.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • anon

    Im black myself and sorry to say that I agree with you. You shouldn’t let anyone of any color into the building with you that late at night or any time if you don’t recognize them from your building or the neighborhood. I don’t care if they are “looking for a family member” or anyone for that matter. People be safe! Sorry to hear that happened to her. Hope they catch the guy!

  • IvCNuB4

    Seriously. She was “walking and talking” at 2:40AM ? Serves her right. Maybe now she’ll keep her head out of her ass.

  • NWA

    I live in Englewood.


    • NIZZER

      People in Inglewood probably want YOU to move.

    • Vic

      We all figured that NWA.

  • Lyndia

    Torrence, do you have any black ass money friends? I have some hairless, stinking, honkey friends.

    • NIZZER

      You just THINK they’re friends

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