Map of mugging scene

Leavitt Street and North Avenue (Photo illustration, Chicago Tribune)

Police are hoping the arrest of two men who punched a woman and grabbed her purse in Bucktown this morning will “clear up” a rash of similar muggings that have been plaguing that Northwest Side community recently.

A man exited a car and slugged the victim in the side of her face - knocking her down - before snatching her purse and fleeing in the vehicle with two other men, said Shakespeare District Police Lt. Michael Mulkerin.

Authorities charged 17-year-old Travion Lockett, of the 2200 block of West Maypole, for hitting her in the face and assaulting a 16-year-old boy with the robbery. Police didn’t identify the younger boy.

Lockett is expected in court Friday but information on the younger boy’s court date wasn’t available from police. They were both charged with a single count of robbery.

Officers in the area were able to identify the two based on descriptions and cuaght the two after a brief foot chase, police said.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, declined to be taken to a hospital after the daylight attack, which happened at North Avenue and Leavitt Street about 10:15 a.m. and left her with a swollen face.

Two people saw the attack and gave police a description of the mugger and the car, which was spotted not too far away when it “passed right by’’ Wood District police officers who began to follow it, said Mulkerin.

“They didn’t get very far,’’ said Mulkerin of the suspects.

At some point they stopped and all three bailed on foot, but officers were able to apprehend two of them and place them under arrest.

An ambulance was called for the victim, but she declined to go with paramedics immediately. She may be taken later, however, said the lieutenant.

No charges have been filed yet and authorities are hoping the arrests will “clear up’’ other recent ones in the neighborhood, said Mulkerin.

“Were hoping something comes out of this,’’ said Mulkerin.

Police as of Thursday afternoon were still seeking the third man who was in the car.

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