This Chicago Criminal Attorney posted here and here about the decrease in crime in Chicago. Then the weather changed. It was hot. People were out. Economic conditions for young people worsened. There were several mob attacks. This time it wasn’t left to speculation, unlike the closing of North Avenue Beach earlier.
Two 18-year-old men and a 16-year-old boy face charges including robbery in an attack on two teens downtown Tuesday evening just west of Michigan Avenue, prosecutors said.
Starting with the incidents over the weekend, 32 people have been arrested in connection with robberies and disturbances involving multiple people in the Near North District, said Chicago Police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.
One of the victims in Tuesday's attack, a 16-year-old boy, told the Tribune that his wallet was snatched from behind by a group of youths, prompting him and his friend to chase them.
The 16-year-old said he tripped and fell, and the group stopped and started attacking him and his friend, who police said is 19.
Anecdotally, a young man had a laptop and iPod stolen at a Metra station at the beginning of the week. Also a friend had his iphone stolen on the red line. I don’t believe those crimes were reported.