CHICAGO (CBS) — Police have tied two robberies in East Lakeview in which people were shot to a greater pattern of robberies that goes back to mid-November.
The latest two incidents happened late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Winter Storm Watch On The Way
Just before 11:30 p.m., two men and a woman were walking in the 600 block of West Buckingham Place when a dark sedan pulled up and several men got out.
The offenders demanded phones and wallets.
The victims refused, so the men started punching the victims and shot a 28-year-old man. The offenders then took off with the stolen items.
The man who was shot was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital and is expected to recover.
Nearly two hours later, less than a mile away in the 400 block of West Aldine Avenue, a 30-year-old man was walking when two men got out of a gray car with guns.READ MORE: Pair Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega Denied Bail; Accused Teen Gunman Committed Three Previous Carjackings, Prosecutors Say
The men shot the 30-year-old in the leg before taking his wallet and phone.
The victim is expected to recover.
Police have now issued a new community alert that links these latest incidents to a pattern of armed robberies in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
In each incident, individuals armed with semi-automatic firearms approach unsuspecting victims on the sidewalk and street and demand victims’ property. After taking their property, the offenders would flee the scene in a waiting vehicle driven by a co-offender.
There are now a total of 21 incidents. The other incidents happened at the following times and locations:
Police said each incident involves two to five male suspects between 13 and 25 years old, wearing dark hooded sweat shirts and ski masks.MORE NEWS: 'He Actually Skipped Like A Child, All The Way Up:' 11-Year-Old Boy Charged In November Carjacking In Mount Greenwood
Anyone with information is asked to call Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8263.