Many crime victims post pictures and videos online of people who victimized them, hoping the images will help identify the perpetrators. But it’s not every day that someone shares a victim’s post and admits that they’re the criminal who’s being sought. That’s exactly what Patrice Lindsey did, prosecutors said as they charged her with beating and robbing a Northwestern Memorial Hospital employee on the Mag Mile.
The alleged victim, age 26, was heading home from work around 5 p.m. on February 22 when she found a $10 bill lying on the sidewalk near the intersection of Michigan and Ontario. She picked it up and kept walking until Lindsey, 26, approached her and asked how much money it was, Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsey Patton said during a bond court hearing Thursday.
The woman told her it was $10 and gave it to Lindsey, Patton said. Apparently not happy with that outcome, Lindsey allegedly hit the woman in the back of her head several times until she fell to the ground. Lindsey kicked the woman repeatedly in her stomach and legs until a man tapped Lindsey on the shoulder and said she’d done enough, Patton continued.
Lindsey walked away with a group of people but soon returned to punch the woman in the face and head, according to Patton. The victim pulled out her phone and took pictures of Lindsey as the group scattered in different directions, Patton said.
After being treated for a concussion, the victim posted those photos to social media with a summary of what happened. Several people shared her post — including Lindsey, Patton said.
“Lady stole my money, attacked me,” Lindsey allegedly wrote when she shared the woman’s post. “Hit her a few times. Then she tried to run back up, so I kicked her in the booty with my feet. They ask, don’t know nothing.”
The alleged victim did a little sharing of her own. She shared Lindsey’s post with Chicago police, Patton said. Some cops allegedly recognized Lindsey because they’ve had contact with her before. Patton said that detectives included a picture of her in a photo line-up, and the victim picked her out.
Lindsey, 33, lives in Cicero and has two children, according to Assistant Public Defender Genevieve O’Toole.
Prosecutors charged Lindsey with felony counts of attempted robbery and aggravated battery.
Judge Charles Beach ordered her held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Beach said she’ll need to post a $2,000 deposit and go onto electronic monitoring to get out of jail.