Swift justice: 10-time felon pleads guilty to violent robbery of 85-year-old near Mag Mile

Less than six months after 10-time convicted felon Tony Davis violently mugged an 85-year-old woman outside her Mag Mile condo building, he has pleaded guilty to the crime. Judge Ursula Walowski sentenced him to 12-years in prison.

Davis, 45, was still on parole for his last felony when he flung the senior to a concrete driveway in the 100 block of East Grand while trying to wrestle away her purse on August 18, 2020. The entire attack was captured on a surveillance camera.

The woman suffered a head injury, but recovered and even took time to pose for pictures with the officers who arrested Davis. She barely rises to the officers’ shoulders in the photos — a far cry from Davis’ hulking 240-pound, 6’1” frame.

The cops arrested Davis three days after the attack when they recognized him as he slept at a bus stop near State and Illinois streets in River North. Investigators who later searched his home found a distinctive red hat and shoes that the attacker wore, prosecutors said.

The victim stands with police near her home. | CPD

Prosecutors said the woman was returning to her Michigan Avenue condo after making a trip to a nearby UPS Store when Davis walked up behind her and violently pulled on her purse’s shoulder strap around 10:30 that morning.

Tony Davis | CPD

Davis’ power sent the sprightly woman flying to the ground with enough force to render her unconscious, prosecutors said. Once the woman was down, he continued to yank on her purse until the strap broke, video shows.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital used three staples to close a gash on the back of the woman’s head. Cops paid her a visit at home Friday so she could sign complaints against Davis.

He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery of a victim over the age of 60 in an agreement that had prosecutors drop five other felony counts.

Davis was paroled last February after serving half of a two-year sentence for narcotics. His previous prison sentences include:

  • 1 year for retail theft in 2016
  • 2 years for aggravated battery of a merchant in 2014
  • 1 year for retail theft in 2013
  • 2 years for theft in 2012
  • 6 years for burglary in 2008
  • 6 years for burglary in 2005
  • 6 years for burglary in 1999
  • 3 years for burglary in 1997
  • 6 years for armed robbery in 1993

According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, he is now in Stateville Correctional Center with a projected parole date of August 26, 2028.

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