Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Safety Alert - Wicker Park Area Residents

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Wicker Park Area Residents - One of our own was assaulted this week just North of Division and Damen Avenue. The incident happened on Monday night at approximately 8pm. A Wicker Park resident* was walking home from the Damen Avenue el stop and was approached by a young man/group of men (late teens/early 20's) on Damen Avenue who asked him if he knew what time it was. He was just walking past the church being remodeled at Damen & Potomac. The resident pulled out his cell phone and told the assailant 8pm. Shortly thereafter, the assailant began following him, demanded the cell phone and punched the resident in the face multiple times. His injuries included numerous cuts requiring stitches and multiple facial fractures. 911 was called by good samaritans and he was taken to the hospital. Police arrived quickly but the group of men had fled.

This is the 2nd incident we're aware of in which a resident was robbed of their cell phone in high traffic areas before dark. A woman walking her dog at approximately 8pm in the area of Wood and Potomac in Wicker Park was also recently robbed of her cell phone; also by a group of individuals.

Stay safe out there guys. And if you see anything suspicious please immediately call 911. 

*We have not yet received permission to publish the resident's name/identity. Information provided via private Neighborhood Crime Group via Facebook.

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