Man gets 5 years for mugging an 81-year-old, and another year for cutting off, burning his ankle monitor

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking and robbing an 81-year-old at a downtown Target store. Tarrese Dunmore, 23, will serve an additional year for cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet and setting it on fire while awaiting trial.

The senior citizen was walking out of a restroom at Target, 1 South State, when Dunmore ran up behind him and grabbed a bag he was carrying on February 7, 2023, prosecutors alleged. A struggle ensued, and Dunmore 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. The store’s security cameras recorded it all.

“All I did was push him,” Dunmore allegedly said upon being detained.

According to court records, he posted a $2,500 bail deposit on March 2 to be released on electronic monitoring. Just five weeks later, the Cook County sheriff’s office learned that Dunmore was no longer at the sober living facility where he was required to stay.

Tarrese Dunmore (Chicago Police Department, Google)

Investigators tracked his ankle monitor to the area of Roosevelt and Wabash, but they couldn’t find him. The next day, they lost communication with the device. Dunmore’s father eventually arranged for Dunmore to turn himself in.

Back in custody, Dunmore told the sheriff’s staff that he cut the ankle monitor off with a knife and burned it with his lighter. His lawyer last year said Dunmore had been “dealing with staff harassment” at the sober living facility.

Dunmore remained in jail until pleading guilty to robbery of a senior citizen and criminal damage to government property. The property was his ankle monitor, of course. Prosecutors dropped escape from electronic monitoring charges in his plea deal.

Judge Pamela Stratigakis handed down his consecutive sentences: five years for the robbery, then one for criminal damage. After receiving the standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit earned in jail and on an ankle monitor, he’ll be released on Christmas Day, 2026.

Prosecutors last year said Dunmore had no adult felony convictions, but he was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for possessing a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated robbery, and retail theft.

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