Sketch leads to arrest in mugging

Victim IDs suspect in line-up
August 11, 2009 2:55:54 PM PDT
Chicago police are questioning a man in connection to one attack in the Lincoln Park area.No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

The 25-year-old man was arrested after police released a sketch earlier this week in connection to a string of robberies. Police believe four strong arm robberies in Lincoln Park are related.

However, four other recent attacks in Lakeview and Ravenswood are not believed to be connected.

Officials said a tip led them to the man, who was ID'd by a victim in the August 1 attack in the 2000-block of North Cleveland.

"I am encouraged that we have someone who is of interest and he's speaking with us," said Superintendent Jody Weis, Chicago Police Department

The North Side attacks have had residents on edge.

"I think everybody has talked about it. It's something that you have to be aware of no matter what," said Tony Reale, resident.

"I think people are ready for some closure so we can be more relaxed," said Chris Marzec, resident

Fitness Formula Halsted Street is hosting a self defense class that will be open to the public on August 22nd. Employees decided to offer the free class in response to the robberies.

"This time it hit really close to home. Buckingham, Halsted, these are streets we walk every day," said Michael Shields, Fitness Formula Clubs

Just last week, statistic show that there was an uptick in robberies in Lincoln Park- but that crime in Chicago is down overall.

"I'd be more concerned on places like Englewood than Lincoln Park. I think they blew it out of proportion," said Mike Candle.


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