HYDE PARK — University of Chicago Police are warning Hyde Parkers to be careful about using cell phones on the street after two armed robberies over the weekend.
“In this area we’ve had two armed robberies by three individuals within 24 hours of each other, we thought that was enough to warrant an alert,” said Bob Mason, a spokesman for the University of Chicago Police Department.
At 8:45 p.m. on Friday, three men pulled a handgun on a university student at 57th Street and Everett Avenue. The men took the student’s headphones and ran south through Jackson Park, according to police.
At 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, three men again pulled a gun on two university students, this time in the tunnel under Lake Shore Drive connecting Promontory Point park and 55th Street. According to police, the men took one of the students' cell phones and then ran north along the lakefront.
Mason declined to provide a description of the three men, but said police are considering the two incidents as part of a pattern.
University of Chicago police are increasing patrols around the area, according to Mason.
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