A man who allegedly beat and robbed a victim in the Loop this week almost got away with it — until police happened to pass him on the street as they drove the victim home, according to prosecutors.
The victim, a 51-year-old man, was talking on his phone in the 300 block of South State when two men tried to strike up a conversation with him around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a police report said.
Suddenly, both men began punching the victim in his head and body and one of them took his phone, prosecutors said. The man flagged down police to report the crime.
A witness provided police with video of the offenders and cops searched for the suspects but came up empty-handed. The robbery was also recorded by a CPD surveillance camera, according to a police report.
After the victim declined medical attention for cuts to both of his lips, the officers began driving him home. They didn’t get far.
As the squad car rolled along the 400 block of West Roosevelt, the victim told police that one of the men who attacked him was walking down the street, according to a CPD report. The cops pulled over and arrested 34-year-old Johnell Reed-Stallworth.
Reed-Stallworth, who lives nearby is charged with felony robbery. His girlfriend posted a $2,000 bail deposit to get him out of jail. The victim’s phone was not found.