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2 victimized by daytime robber on Near North Side

The police have issued an alert to Near North Side residents and visitors after a pair of daytime robberies in River North and the Gold Coast in which a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s came up behind people and demanded their belongings.

The victims thought he was armed. The robberies happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of North Dearborn Street and half an hour later on East Walton Street near State Street.