Police searching for robbers who choked, beat victims

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert for the 19th District, and people who live in the area say they always try to be careful.

Police said a 14-year-old boy was walking to school when he was approached from behind. One of the robbers choked him while the other searched his pockets. They took off with his property, although the victim was able to recover an item they tossed when they ran away. It happened May 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the 3800 block of North Ashland Avenue.

The 14-year-old refused medical treatment. Later that night between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., police said the two robbers struck again. This time they were in the 800 block of West Irving Park. The victim was a 40-year-old man who was beaten and robbed. The two offenders went into a nearby building. The victim took himself to the hospital with a cut above his left eye.

The most recent incident happened May 29 on Montrose Avenue around 6 a.m. Police said a 15-year-old boy was on a Brown Line train when the robbers got on, took his property, and got off the train. He wasn't hurt.

Police were only able to provide a vague description of the offenders.

Anyone with information on the attacks should call the police.