Cops nab River Forest purse robber

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A man who punched a River Forest woman in the face and stole her purse is in custody after being nabbed by Chicago cops Dec. 20.

A 51-year-old River Forest woman was walking down the sidewalk on the 700 block of Clinton Place in River Forest around 7:15 p.m. when a man punched her in the face, grabbed her purse and got into a red Jeep Grand Cherokee that drove away.

River Forest cops sent out an alert to be on the lookout for an older Cherokee with temporary plates, and around 9 p.m. that night on the West Side, Chicago cops pulled over a vehicle that matched the description.

River Forest Police Chief Gregory Weiss said the two men ran away from Chicago cops when they were pulled over, but were eventually nabbed.

Anthony Anderson of Chicago, 46, and Reginald A. Johnson of Chicago, 48, were arrested and turned over to River Forest police.

Anderson was charged with robbery after the victim identified him in a lineup, and Johnson was charged with theft, after he was allegedly found with some of the victim's stolen items.

The woman suffered a cut lip and abrasions to her arm, but she was not hospitalized. Anderson is being held on $300,000 bond.

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Alberg from Oak Park  

Posted: December 23rd, 2010 11:42 PM

The facts are that we have a law-abiding woman injured and probably afraid to go out after dark in "safe" River Forest for fear of being assaulted and two scums are still on the street looking for other victims. And Rich says she should be more aware of her surroundings! Hope it happens to him and the rest of the bleeding hearts! Maybe we need Old Testament justice to bring us all around to the New Testament way of life.

Rich  

Posted: December 23rd, 2010 11:16 AM

I wonder if the victim was paying attention to what was happening around her. Police always advise people to be aware of their surrondings. Don't be an easy target for the creeps.

Mary from Oak Park  

Posted: December 23rd, 2010 10:49 AM

Glad to hear. Hope the woman was ok. Thank you to all who make our lives much safer . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Jim Mariner from River Forest  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 7:16 PM

Great police work !! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the police, fireman & military personnel. These people are true heroes. Without them, there would be utter chaos in this world.

Cheryl Benson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 6:09 PM

It is great to see Chicago and River Forest Police working together. And, a good job they did.

Ben from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 3:55 PM

Violet, since theft is a lesser crime, Johnson's bond was only $100. He paid and got out, according to River Forest police.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 3:26 PM

Say whaa??? Only one is being held? Using my amazing powers of deduction that means that the other "gentleman" was let go?

OP Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: December 22nd, 2010 2:51 PM

Fine work by law enforcement. Lets hope that the judicial branch does its job!!

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