A suspect robbed and attacked store employees last week during robberies in the North Side Lincoln Square neighborhood.
During the first robbery, the suspect asked the sales person for assistance in purchasing an item about 4:15 p.m. March 21 in the 2300 block of West Leland, according to an alert from Area North detectives.
He then approached the counter and announced a robbery, the alert said.
The suspect took money from the register and the employee, who was then punched and kicked, the alert said.
On Sunday at 2:45 p.m., the suspect entered a store in the 1900 block of West Montrose and asked for help with a purchase before approaching the register, the alert said.
He then grabbed the store employee and announced a robbery, the alert said.
The employee gave the suspect money and attempted to leave the store, the alert said.
The suspect punched the employee in the face before fleeing, the alert said.
In each robbery, only one employee was inside the store, the alert said.
The suspect is described as a black man with a medium complexion, 35-45, 5-feet-11 to 6-feet-2, 240-250 pounds, the alert said.
He was seen wearing a beige, puffy jacket, dark jogging pants and dark gym shoes, the alert said.
Anyone with information should contact detectives at (312)744-8263.