Robbers target bicyclists on 606 Trail, police say

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Police are warning Logan Square residents after a string of robberies were reported along the 606 Trail. (WLS)

Police are warning bicyclists and runners who use the 606 Trail after a series of night-time robberies in the last three weeks along the trail in the city's Logan Square neighborhood.

At least three people were robbed by a group of attackers who pushed victims off their bikes, robbed them and took off near Kedzie and Bloomingdale, officials said. In one particular case, a suspect had a gun and the victim and suspect actually struggled to grab that gun. In another case, a bicyclist was put in a head lock.

The attacks worry regular trail users.

"I always thought of the trail as safe," said Kyle Reu. "It's well lit at night. Usually when we're on it, we see a lot of people. So I guess it's surprising."

Incidents were reported between Kedzie and Western avenues on the following dates:
Feb. 19 at 11:30 p.m.
March 1 at 11:15 p.m.
March 3 at 10:30 p.m.

Runners on the trail at night are being told to be on the look-out.

"It's a little off putting because I'm usually out on the trail in the early morning when it's dark still and not as many people are around so it makes me think twice about coming out here by myself," said runner Megan Zarnoch.

Police said they're looking for two to four suspects between the ages of 16 and 21. The suspects have allegedly gotten away will cellphones, wallets and bikes.
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