Chicago man charged with battering, robbing 12-year-old boy

Antwane Pritchett | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a 6’2″-tall Chicago man with battering and robbing a 12-year-old boy on the South Side this week.

The child and his aunt flagged down a Chicago police patrol car in the 7400 block of South Blackstone to report the robbery around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. According to a CPD arrest report, the aunt told the police that a man wearing a gold shirt and gray bandana battered her nephew and took his iPhone 15 minutes earlier.

Since the woman was tracking the boy’s stolen phone, the officers invited her and the child to climb into their squad car to try to find the device, the report said.

When they pulled onto the 6500 block of South Cottage Grove, they saw 22-year-old Antwane Pritchett riding a Divvy bike while wearing a gold shirt. The boy immediately identified Pritchett as the robber from the squad car’s back seat, according to the report.

The officers said they saw Pritchett stop his Divvy bike to talk with two other juveniles on the street, so they activated their emergency lights and got out to detain him.

“I got the phone,” Pritchett told the officers as they got out of the squad car, the arrest report said. The officers said Pritchett struggled with them as they tried to place him in custody.

He is charged with robbery and two counts of resisting police. Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered him to pay a $7,500 bail deposit to be released on electronic monitoring.