A mob of teenagers swarmed city buses in Chicago in two separate incidents mugging passengers for their cell-phones and iPods.
In the first attack, near West Roosevelt Road and South Loomis Street at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, a victim was struck multiple times before the thieves ran off with his cell phone.
About 25 minutes later, near South Racine Avenue and West 13th Street, a student said he was sitting on a No. 12 bus when as many as 15 black boys and young men boarded the bus without paying. The student was hit in the back of his head with a glass bottle and was robbed of his iPod, said UIC police.
The city has been experiencing a recent wave of “flash-mob” attacks, where large groups of teens have set upon unsuspecting victims robbing them of cash and personal items.