Convicted Boystown mugger charged with battering, robbing woman in Old Town Saturday

Approximate location of Saturday’s robbery | Multiplottr

A twice-convicted felon who recently completed parole for violently robbing a 64-year-old man in Boystown is back in custody, charged with pepper-spraying and robbing a woman in Lincoln Park on Saturday morning.

Vonsean Williams | CPD

Prosecutors today charged 24-year-old Vonsean Williams with felony armed robbery and felony unlawful use of a knife.  

A 31-year-old woman told police that Williams and another man attacked her as she unloaded her car on the 1900 block of North Bissell around 11:45 a.m. One of the men grabbed the victim’s purse while the other sprayed her and pushed her to the ground, police said.

Both men ran from the scene, but several witnesses chased after the robbers. Police arrested Williams near Dayton and Bissell streets, but the other man got away.

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An ambulance transported the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Williams was due in bond court on Sunday.

On Oct. 1, 2016, Williams and two other men beat and robbed a Boystown retiree on the 700 block of West Melrose. Williams pleaded guilty about a year later and received a four-year sentence for robbery of a victim over age 60. The state reduced his sentence by 50% for good behavior and Williams went free on Sept. 26, 2018.

Williams previously received a two-year sentence for forcible criminal sexual abuse in DuPage County.

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