Police investigating three robberies that may be connected


No suspects yet arrested

Police are investigating three pedestrian robberies that may be connected.

The first report was received at 10:24 p.m. Sunday night. North Precinct responded to Northeast 36th Avenue and Grand Place in the Grant Park neighborhood. The victim told them he was riding his skateboard to work when he was robbed of his backpack by three African-American males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. Officers checked the neighborhood and located some of the victim's property at Northeast 37th Avenue and Knott Street.

At 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery of a pedestrian at Southeast 20th Avenue and Oak Street in the East Buckman neighborhood. The victim told them she was walking home when she was confronted by an African-American male who demanded she give him her property. The victim said that two other African American males appeared and surrounded her, and that one of them pulled out what she believed to be a handgun. The victim gave the suspects her phone and purse and the suspects fled the area.

The victim described one of the suspects as having chin-length braids or dreads in his hair.

Then at 12:17 a.m. Monday, North Precinct officers responded to the report of another pedestrian robbery at Northeast 33rd Avenue and Holman Street, near Concordia University.

The male and female victims said that they were walking in the neighborhood when they were approached by three African-American males in their late teens or early 20s, and that one of them was armed with a handgun. The suspects robbed the male victim of his iPhone and the female victim of her purse, then fled the area.

Robbery detectives are looking into each case for possible connections. At this point, there is no definitive information to link the cases, police say.