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By Ben Meyerson
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.