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Two similar armed robberies reported on Near West Side

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Chicago Police are warning residents of two similar armed robberies that happened in June on the Near West Side.

In the first incident, a man walked up to someone in the 0-100 block of North Canal at 10 a.m. June 26 and demanded money from them, according to a community alert from police. When the victim refused, he pulled out a knife and forced the victim to give him money.

In the second incident, a man took a cellphone from another male in the 600 block of West Harrison at 6:10 p.m. June 30 and later threatened him with a knife, police said.

The suspect in the first incident was described as a 27 to 30-year-old black man with a dark complexion and black Afro, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 175 pounds, police said. He wore a light blue N/D baseball hat, light blue shirt, white shorts, muddy boots and had a face tattoo.

The second suspect was described as a 18 to 25-year-old black man with a dark complexion, standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 170 pounds, police said. He wore a blue baseball hat, blue and red jacket and tan shorts.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.