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Downers Grove police investigating two weekend armed robberies

(DOWNERS GROVE) Police are investigating two armed robberies that happened over the weekend in west suburban Downers Grove.

The first robbery happened about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Sybaris hotel at 600 Ogden Ave., according to Downers Grove police Lt. Michael Willison.

The victim said a man armed with a small handgun and wearing a white handkerchief over his face tried to force his way into a hotel room, but left after a “brief struggle,” police said.

The suspect was described a 5-foot-8 male with dark skin wearing blue jeans and a dark coat, police said.

The next night, a woman was approached by two armed males with handguns about 11:20 p.m. in the 4100 block of Sterling Road, police said.

During a struggle, the victim was struck in the head by one of the robbers while the other took her cell phone. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have increased patrols in the area of the robberies.

Willison said the department is not ruling out a connection to a series of armed robberies in nearby Woodridge, but there are differences in the cases.

Anyone with information should call Downers Grove police at (630) 434-5600.