Image source: WMAQ-TV video screenshot, composite
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Surveillance video caught the moment when a pair of attackers ran up on a man from behind in a Chicago alley Monday afternoon, punched and stomped the screaming victim, and stole from him before walking away.
What are the details?
The 33-year-old victim was walking down an alley behind Damen Avenue at Dickens Avenue in the neighborhood of Bucktown just before 3 p.m. when the attack occurred, WBBM-TV reported.
One attacker threw a punch at the unsuspecting man and knocked him into a chain-link fence before he fell to the ground.
The second attacker soon joined his accomplice, and the pair began punching and stomping the victim as he screamed and tried to fight back while still on the ground.
The attackers pulled at the victim's backpack and dragged him by his feet; it appeared that one or both of his shoes came off. "Just let it go!" one of the attackers hollered.
The victim continued to struggle with the attackers, as one of them fell against a row of garbage containers. But they both subdued the victim, grabbed his backpack, and walked away as a motorist facing them across the street honked a horn.
WBBM added that a witness who saw it all go down told the station late Monday that she honked her horn to deter the attackers, but to no avail.
The witness added to WBBM that she stayed on the scene with the victim until police arrived. WMAQ-TV reported that the victim was taken to a hospital and last listed in stable condition.
Police late Monday were still investigating the crime, and no arrests were reported, WBBM said.
WMAQ said the attack is among a string of both armed and violent robberies across Chicago neighborhoods, including on college campuses. The station added that AT&T employees at a store near Bucktown were tied up with zip ties and held at gunpoint Monday evening before suspects made off with cell phones and other electronics.
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Sr. Editor, News
Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.