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Juvenile Beaten Unconscious and Robbed on Alexander Road: Police Blotter

The juvenile was walking alone when a group of unknown men attacked without provocation, according to reports.

A juvenile was beaten and robbed while walking westbound along the 2400 block of Alexander Rd. around 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 29, according to police. 

Police say a group of three to four unknown black males snuck up behind the juvenile when one asked, “Can I borrow five dollars?” The juvenile replied, “No,” without turning around, reports say. One of the assailants then hit the juvenile in the back of the head with an unknown object, causing him to fall to the ground where he was knocked unconscious by additional pummeling, police say. The attackers then snatched the juvenile’s iPhone and $100 in cash before fleeing the scene, according to reports. The juvenile stood up and walked over to a nearby friend’s house after regaining consciousness—before being immediately transported to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, police said.

The juvenile could only offer vague descriptions of two of the attackers, according to reports. The first is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, 5-foot-9-inches tall with a stocky build and shoulder-length braided hair. The second man is described identically except with shorter hair and wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, reports say.

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Don Rubins October 05, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Please understand how sorry I am for Lynn's son, and the grief she must feel--the security that must have been ripped out of their lives, singly and collectively. I hate to tell you folks, this is not a new problem, and hardly city-borne or the result of renters or section 8 or race or public housing closing. I'm 53, lived in Park Forest for 44 years, and I promise my high school years were violent, angry times as well. So were Thornton's, H-F's, Rich Central's, even Marion's. Also common were alcohol, drugs, and sex. Still, Lynn, maybe you ought to consider putting in a regular, old-fashioned house phone (the most dreaded "land - line") rather than allowing any member of your household--especially a child--go out late at night merely to get "better cell reception". I know the idea is SO last-century, but house phones do exist and you CAN make calls on them--and never risk the danger of what happened to your son!
Colleen October 06, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Prayers for your son Lynn. I hope he has a speedy recovery. It is very sad that everyone has to lay blame and attack. It was a senseless crime and unfortunately can happen anywhere anytime. I hope they catch whoever did this!
Lauren Peterson October 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This article is a stry about a person - a 17 year old boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of supporting our neighbor, it seems like most of you people have put the blame on the victim and his family, attacking the boy, his mother's parenting styles, and making accusations as to their family life. Most of these comments are filthy, disgusting, and disrespectful towards the situation at hand. I'm disgusted to see these accusatory comments, the boy had money because he holds a job, and he didn't get injured because his mother doesn't have a house phone. The world is an evil place because of the people's accusations and assumptions written within this comment thread, not because of a person's skin color or where they grew up. Let's get back to what the story is about - recognizing that an innocent kid's life, and his family's life, had forever been changed due to an unfortunate incident.
Joeblow gotti October 08, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Im a young male that live in a neighborhood near to incident, im sure if a white teen, or any other white person of any age see's a black MALE walking in that neighborhood, He would avoid them fearing something like this. its uncommon to see because the police are smart and always question a person fitting the description of the criminals, in other words Black males with braids and fades cant walk outside at night in homewood! Homewood PD got wont let this happen twice, these two got lucky.
Lauren October 10, 2012 at 08:38 PM
That moment when you realize that ghetto is not synonymous with a person of color/non-white individual and you just look like a racist.

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