Robbers Are Knocking Cyclists Off Their Bikes On The 606, Police Warn

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jul 24, 2017 5:18AM

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The 606. Photo by Braden Nesin/Chicagoist

Police are warning West Side community members about a rash of attacks on The 606 in which robbers knocked cyclists off their bicycles as they rode by on the elevated trail and, in at least one case, beat the cyclist and demanding he give them his belongings.

In at least three incidents, two black men were allegedly attacking cyclists riding along the trail at various times of day in the evening, late night and early morning hours, on the far western portions of the trail:

The first incident took place July 2 at 1:15 a.m. at 3510 W. Bloomingdale Ave.; the second on July 22 at 5:29 p.m. at 3300 W. Bloomingdale Ave.; the third took place Sunday at 4:30 a.m. at 1850 N. Ridgeway, where the trail ends, according to a police alert. In that most recent incident, the robbers were armed with a small black handgun, and they beat the cyclist after knocking him off his bike, and demanded some of his belongings. In the first two incidents, police say the cyclists were injured from being knocked from their bikes.

The robbers were described in the police report as two black men, one of whom was "wearing a black 'doo-rag,' brown long-sleeved shirt and black shorts" and one "with short hair, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans."