Man charged with mugging woman on her daily walk in River North

Kentrell Howard (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — A Lincoln Park man on pretrial release for allegedly punching a liquor store clerk has been detained as a safety threat after he allegedly mugged a woman in River North on Monday afternoon.

The 31-year-old woman flagged down cops around 2 p.m. and told them she was on her daily walk when a man snuck up behind her at the corner of Larrabee and Chicago Avenue. He grabbed her phone, threw her to the ground, and then took the device along with her headphones, according to a report filed by the officers.

Witnesses chased the robber and detained him briefly in the 600 block of North Kingsbury, but he escaped, the report said.

Officers searched the area for people matching the suspect’s description and detained Kentrell Howard, 22, in the 500 block of West Grand. The cops arrested him after the victim confirmed that he was the man who mugged her, according to the report.

A Chicago police surveillance camera captured the robbery.

Judge Charles Beach detained Howard, who faces one count of robbery. Beach also detained Howard on an outstanding arrest warrant. According to court records, the warrant was issued on December 13 after Howard failed to appear in court for the pending battery case.

In that incident, the cashier at a liquor store in the 2500 block of North Clark told police that Howard punched him in the head after he asked Howard to leave the establishment on October 18.

Robbery reports are up 15% this year in CPD’s Near North (18th) District, which includes the River North neighborhood. There were 105 cases reported as of March 31, up from 91 at this point last year.

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