Man Charged In River North Mugging

Wooden | CPD

A Chatham man has been charged with punching a 31-year-old man in the face and robbing him in the 400 block of North Wells around 2:20 a.m. on May 3, police said. The victim suffered swelling, bruising, and a laceration in the attack.  Jaqwan Wooden, 32, of Chatham was positively identified by the victim, police said.

Wooden is charged with felony robbery and battery. He has been ordered held without bail. He is due back in court on Friday.

A second man who was allegedly involved in the robbery remains at large.

In other downtown incidents:

• Police said a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were robbed as they walked to their car in the Loop early Sunday. The victims said they were walking in the 800 block of South Wabash around 1;55 a.m. when they were approached by two robbers, one of whom pulled out a handgun. The robbers took the victims’ phones and keys, then fled northbound on State Street in a maroon Chevy Malibu with a broken headlight. The victims were not injured and no one is in custody, police said in a statement.

• A man told police that he was robbed outside of Rainforest Cafe by two teenagers who implied that they had a gun around 4 a.m. last Sunday morning. After announcing the robbery, both offenders took the man’s wallet, keys, and phone then fled eastbound on Ohio Street, police said. The victim described the offenders as two black males between 16- and 18-years-old. One offender wore a black hoodie with black pants.

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