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Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said the 16-year-old student was walking westbound on 77th Street near Mayfield Avenue around 8:25 a.m. when he was approached by a man with a gun.
"The offender ordered the student to give up his money," Dudlo said in an email. "When the student advised he did not have any money, the offender struck the student in the head with the gun."
The man proceeded to take personal items from the student before entering a vehicle — possibly a black SUV — that was last seen traveling southbound on Mason Avenue.
The teen was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what Dudlo said was a “non-life threatening” head injury.
Dudlo said no shots were fired and called the incident a random act.
The offender was described as a black male.
Dudlo said Burbank investigators are looking to see if there is a link to similar incidents in Chicago and Evergreen Park that occurred a short time earlier.
About an hour before the Reavis student was robbed, a woman was attacked and her purse was taken near 83rd Street and Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. The woman reported she had been pistol whipped by a black male.
Evergreen Park police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred about 20 minutes later at 87th Street and Kedzie Avenue. Police said the victim's vehicle was shot at by a black male driving a black SUV.
“Our investigation is active and we are actively trying to obtain video — both residential and city surveillance,” Dudlo said. “Anyone with information is urged to contact the Burbank Police Department 708-924-7300. As always, they can remain anonymous if they wish.”
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