Police: Serial mugger could be targeting women

January 6, 2012 3:15:42 PM PST
Chicago police are warning that a serial mugger could be targeting women on the West and Northwest sides. Authorities believe one man is behind eight strong-arm robberies.

The attacks have occurred in an area that is roughly between Fullerton and North avenues and Milwaukee and Pulaski.

The most recent robbery happened on Wednesday as a woman walked along the 1700-block of West Wabansia. The rash of attacks has left some in the neighborhood concerned.

"It's a little disturbing, but again it can happen anywhere so you just have to be careful and safe," said neighborhood resident Emi May.

On Thursday, police issued a community alert warning of the danger after over a half dozen attacks were reported in the Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods by a lone male attacker who targets women as they walked, robbing them of their purse, any money and cell phone.

The first incident happened December 4 around 5 a.m. in the 3100-hundred block of West Fullerton.

"It's not really a shock but it's like up and down. Some years are better than others around here. I don't know if it's the unemployment rate why the muggings are going up. Just don't know why. The neighborhood is changing for the better as far as the residents moving in and the community itself," said Benjamin Jenkins, neighborhood resident.

Most of the attacks occurred in the late evening and early morning hours.

Resident Maraela Vargas is taking precautions for both herself and her elderly mother.

"Pretty much been on the lookout and taking her where she needs to go, you know, the two of us together. If I see anything suspicious, I'll definitely call 911," said Vargas.

The attacks are still under investigation. In the meantime, police are urging the public to make sure that they report any suspicious activity and stay extra alert.