Person uses Facebook to lure, rob victims in Lawndale on West Side: police

Thursday, April 23, 2020
(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police are warning residents of a person who has used social media to meet victims and rob them in Lawndale on the West Side.

According to a CPD community alert, in these incidents the offender meets the victim on Facebook and agrees to meet up with them in the 1200-block of South Christiana Avenue.

When the victims meet up with the offender, the person batters the victim and demands/takes property by force.

In one incident, the offender produced a knife when the victim tried to defend themselves, the community alert said.

The robberies happened on March 28 around 5:50 p.m. and April 21 around 4:19 p.m., police said.

The offender is thought to be 17-20 years old, the alert said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.