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Girl, 14, Robbed While Biking In 3rd Recent Attack On South Loop Female Cyclists

By Stephen Gossett in News on Jun 13, 2017 4:50PM

In the third attack of its kind in about a week, a female cyclist was robbed of a bag while biking in the South Loop on Sunday night. This time the victim was a teen.

The girl was riding south with a 33-year-old woman in the 1600 block of South Indiana Avenue at around 8:40 p.m. A Buick LaCrosse then pulled up and someone from the car grabbed the 14-year-old's purse, police told Chicagoist. The girl fell off her bike and scraped an arm. Three males were in the car, which fled south on Indiana according to police

Two women were similarly attacked while biking in the neighborhood in separate incidents within the span of a week. A female cyclist, 32, was biking in the 1400 block of South Wabash Avenue at around 1:10 a.m. when a black SUV pulled alongside, according to police. A man riding in the vehicle then grabbed the woman's backpack, although she was able to wrestle it back from the attacker, police said.

And just two days prior to that, a woman biking on a Divvy, near South Calumet Avenue and East 21st Street, was punched in the face by someone who jumped out of a silver car. The offender then stole her bag.

According to ABC7, there have been at least three other attacks, which were not directed at victims on bikes, in the neighborhood since June 2.