A new city service will allow residents to more easily share security camera footage with police. Credit: Gene Pierson/YouTube

BUCKTOWN — A man and woman walking on a Bucktown sidewalk while holding hands early Wednesday were beaten and robbed by two men who ambushed them from behind, police said.

One of the robbers beat the man over the head with a handgun before running off.

The ambush took place around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of West Charleston Avenue, according to Officer Patrick McGinnis, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Two different security cameras, one from a church and the other from a condo building, captured footage of the robbers as they ran out of the alley toward the couple and then as they attacked them. 

YouTube video
YouTube/Gene Pierson
YouTube video
YouTube/Gene Pierson

The 31-year-old man, hit in the head with a pistol during the attack, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries, McGinnis said.

The 25-year-old woman who was with him was not injured. Both were robbed of their belongings, McGinnis said.

One of the men appeared to be wearing a yellow vest with a reflective strip. McGinnis said the men, believed to be in their 20s, ran south on Damen Avenue after the robbery.

No one is in custody and Area North detectives are  investigating. 

Steve Jensen, one of the six administrators for the Bucktown Neighborhood Facebook watch page, which published the videos, said, “We are glad the victims were not badly hurt. Our demands for more police resources remain unheard by the city.”

Jensen encouraged residents, if they have the financial means, to install cameras outside of their homes and businesses.

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