Teen mugs 73-year-old woman near DePaul; Arrest made

Approximate location of the robbery

A 73-year-old woman was attacked and robbed by a 16-year-old boy on Wednesday afternoon near the DePaul University campus in Lincoln Park. The offender has been arrested, police said.

The woman was walking in the 2400 block of North Sheffield around 2:15 p.m. when the teen grabbed her and wrestled away her purse, which contained cash and the victim’s phone, police said. A witness gave police a detailed description of the offender and said the robber fled west on Altgeld.

Police officers searched the area and located the suspect in the 1400 block of West Fullerton. He was detained and was subsequently identified by the victim, police said.

Prosecutors charged the teen with one felony count of robbery of a victim over the age of sixty.

Police found the victim’s purse in an alley behind the 1000 block of West Montana, a CPD spokesperson said.
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