DePaul student robbed in latest Lincoln Park incident

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A DePaul University student was the victim of a strong arm robbery May 28 in the alley in the 900 block of Fullerton Avenue.

The student and his friend were approached by three individuals who demanded that he hand over his belongings, according to a public safety announcement sent to the DePaul community. The student gave the offender his wallet but refused to hand over his phone.

One of the offenders then punched him in the face then they fled in unknown directions. The student refused medical treatment and declined to report this incident to the Chicago Police Department, according to the public safety alert.

This is the latest in a string of robberies that have happened this week on or near campus. On May 22, DePaul students were victims of robberies in three separate incidents off-campus.

Two of the incidents occurred near the Lincoln Park campus and one occurred in the Gold Coast area.  The Chicago Police have made arrests in one of the incidents, according to a public safety alert sent May 23.

On May 20, there was a robbery at 60 E. Jackson. An employee of the Subway at that address reported that as she was making change for a customer he reached over the counter and removed money from the register, a public safety alert said.  The offender then fled the area east on Jackson Boulevard.

Robbers struck eight times this week in Lincoln Park. Most of the robberies happened along Webster, Dickens and Belden avenues.

Alderman Michelle Smith said in an email to constituents that police “assured us that they have increased patrols to respond to these incidents. They are working with (DePaul) University to distribute safety flyers,” according to DNAinfo.com.

No arrests have been announced for the May 28 robbery or the robbery that happened in the Subway.

Those in the DePaul community are encouraged to contact either the DePaul Public Safety Office or the Chicago Police 311 non-emergency number. Detectives at 312-747-8380 could also be contacted with additional information or surveillance video.