HYDE PARK — At least one suspect is in custody following two weekend robberies in Hyde Park, police said Monday.
Two men in a silver car tried to rob a University of Chicago employee walking on Ellis Avenue at 56th Street at 4:40 p.m. Saturday.
According to the University of Chicago Police Department, the two men called out to the man, who told police he thought they were asking for directions.
When the man approached the car, the passenger pulled out a handgun and demanded the man’s valuables, according to police.
An onlooker noticed what was happening and started yelling at the two men in the car, who then drove off, according to police.
Later on Saturday night, a university employee and a friend were robbed by a group of men at 9:45 p.m. on the 5500 block of South Kimbark Avenue.
According to police, a group of four to seven men came up behind the pair, pushed and hit them, and took their cell phones before fleeing down 56th Street.
One of the victims was taken to the emergency room with minor injuries, according to police reports.
Police said Monday morning that they have a suspect in custody.
Police are warning residents to be aware of their surroundings and walk with a friend when possible.