Security Alert: March 18, 2010

At approximately 11:55 p.m., Wednesday, March 17—a graduate student walking alone at 56th Street and Dorchester Avenue was approached from behind and struck on the head with a blunt object causing a non-life threatening injury. An unknown suspect took the man’s wallet and fled. The victim was transported to the hospital by Chicago Fire Department EMS ambulance.

Police are investigating.

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