|Dashaun Patrick was detained by Palmer House security near the hotel’s Wabash entrance. | CPD; Google|
Security at the Palmer House came to the rescue after an Indiana man was beaten and robbed near the landmark hotel in the Loop, police said.
A hotel guard was watching as 26-year-old Dashaun Patrick of Chatham walked up to the tourist in the first block of South Wabash around 10 p.m. last Wednesday, according to court records. After failing in an attempt to steal the 34-year-old victim’s phone, Patrick began punching the man in the head and face, pulled the man’s jacket off over the victim’s head, and then ran away, according to police.
When police arrived, the security guard had already captured Patrick and had him waiting for cops in the hotel lobby. After the victim identified Patrick as the person who attacked him, officers returned the man’s coat and took Patrick into custody.
Police said they found five credit cards, social security cards, and RTA free ride permits belonging to other people in Patrick’s possession during a custodial search. Inside Patrick’s fanny pack officers allegedly found 17 Xanax pills.
Patrick is charged with felony robbery, possession of a controlled substance and theft of lost or mislaid property. Judge John Lyke ordered him held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
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