Charges filed in mugging of woman near Gold Coast

Phillip James is charged with mugging a woman in the 1000 block of North Dearborn. | CPD; Multiplottr

A 48-year-old man is charged with throwing a woman to the ground and punching her in the face during a robbery near the Gold Coast on Wednesday evening, police said.

Police responding to the robbery in the 1000 block of North Dearborn spotted Phillip James nearby and stopped him because he matched a description of the offender that was broadcast on police radio, a department spokesperson said. The victim later identified him as the robber, according to police.

James grabbed the 21-year-old woman’s purse, flung her to the pavement, and punched her in the face around 11:20 p.m., police said.

Judge Arthur Willis set bail for James at $5,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the 10% deposit bond of $500.

Police were able to respond to the incident quickly because at least nine people called 911 to report hearing the victim’s screams as the robbery unfolded.

The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries.

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