Edgewater man accused of beating, robbing woman who wouldn’t let him use her phone

Alex Diamond | CPD

An Edgewater man is charged with robbery after he allegedly beat and kicked a woman, then stole her phone because she would not let him use it, according to court records.

The 20-year-old victim told police she was walking in the 6100 block of North Clark around 11:30 p.m. Thursday when Alex Diamond asked if he could borrow her phone. When the woman refused, Diamond struck her repeatedly in the face, kicked her, broke her glasses, and threw her to the ground, the woman said.

Diamond is accused of then taking the woman’s phone and walking away.

A local resident called 911 and police stopped Diamond a few minutes later in the 5700 block of North Clark. The woman subsequently identified Diamond as the attacker and the cellphone he was carrying as her own, police said.

“I took her phone because she wouldn’t let me use it,” Diamond allegedly told officers as their body-worn cameras were recording.

Prosecutors charged Diamond with felony robbery, and Judge Arthur Willis set bail at $10,000. The 44-year-old will be required to go on electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond of $1,000.

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