Target security detained man who mugged 81-year-old shopper in the Loop, prosecutors say

Chicago — Security guards are being credited with catching a man who mugged an 81-year-old victim inside a downtown Chicago store on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the octogenarian was targeted as he walked out of the restroom at Target, 1 South State, around 5:40 p.m. As he was walking, 20-year-old Tarrese Dunmore ran up behind him and grabbed a bag he was carrying, prosecutor Lorraine Scaduto said.

Tarrese Dunmore | Chicago Police Department; Google

The victim struggled with Dunmore, who allegedly shoved the senior citizen to the ground, took his property, and tried to run away.

But Target security officers stopped Dunmore and held him until Chicago police arrived, Scaduto said. The store’s security cameras recorded it all.

Scaduto added that Dunmore told the officers something to the effect of “all I did was push him.”

Dunmore’s defense attorney said he has been looking for work after college for a year and a half. 

Judge William Fahy told Dunmore he could go home on electronic monitoring by paying a $2,500 bail deposit. Dunmore is charged with robbery and aggravated battery of a victim older than 60.

He has no adult felony convictions, Scaduto said, but he was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for possessing a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated robbery, and retail theft.

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