Uptown robber tried to hit victim in the face with brick Sunday afternoon, prosecutors say

Jacob Petty | CPD

Update January 11, 2022 — Prosecutors dropped the case against Jacob Petty because the alleged robbery victim died from unrelated causes, according to court records.

Prosecutors on Monday filed felony charges against a man who allegedly hit another man with a brick during a midday robbery in Uptown over the weekend.

Judge Charles Beach held Jacob Petty, 37, in lieu of $40,000 bail and ordered Petty to go onto electronic monitoring if he posts a 10% deposit bond.

The alleged victim was walking through an alley near Sunnyside and Sheridan when Petty approached from the opposite direction and swung a brick at his face around 12:20 p.m. Sunday, according to prosecutors and a CPD report.

Prosecutors said the victim managed to block the brick with his hand, but the attacker took his computer bag and fled the scene.

The victim gave police a description of the offender, and cops detained Petty in the parking lot of Ross Dress For Less, 918 West Montrose, a few minutes later. Prosecutors said the victim subsequently identified Petty as the attacker. Police never found the allegedly stolen computer bag.

Petty has two previous felony convictions, including one for robbery in 2010, according to prosecutors. He is charged with Class X felony armed robbery in the Uptown attack.

Sunday’s incident was the second random and violent daytime robbery attack in the Town Hall District since Friday. Around 8:30 a.m. Friday, a 42-year-old woman was attacked with a pipe by a man who took her purse on the 500 block of West Hawthorne, according to police and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th).

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