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Chicago Man Charged in Robbery Of 80-Year-Old Woman

A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged Friday in connection with the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in downtown Evanston in broad daylight on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged Friday with robbing an 80-year-old Evanston woman in broad daylight downtown, according to police. 

Nelson Thomas, of the 5400 block of South Aberdeen Avenue, was charged with robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, all felonies. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, police said. 

Police say a man between the ages of 18 and 22 forcibly took an 80-year-old woman’s purse around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Custer Avenue and Main Street, as she was walking back from the Charter One Bank downtown. The man ran away with two other people into the north alley of Main Street, and then drove off in a vehicle, police said. 

Tactical officers saw Thomas driving a car that matched the description of the vehicle used in the robbery while on patrol on Wednesday night, according to police. When they ran the license plate of the vehicle, they learned it had been stolen in Chicago. Police took the driver into custody after he and two other occupants of the car attempted to flee police in the 2000 block of West Fargo Avenue, police said.

Police recovered a bank card that belonged to the woman who had been robbed when they took Thomas into custody, and on Friday, Jan. 18, she identified Thomas in a lineup at the Evanston Police Department.

He is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. No charges have been filed against the two other people who were in the car with Thomas, according to police. 

Tea January 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Congrat's to law enforecment! Job well done'
Anynomous January 22, 2013 at 04:51 PM
@Festus McMoron, I'n definitely not condoning this young man's actions, but how dare you assume things about his mother and father without knowing them or anything about him. Would you have the same opinion if he was white and lived in Wilmette?
Tea January 23, 2013 at 02:37 AM
To Anynomous: Please waste no time and words on that Festus person. He's a very nasty individual who loves bashing people of color. His ignorance is bliss. If Festus needed a liver or heart transplant, he wouldn't care what color the donor is. He's ignorant as hell!!!
annie January 23, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I am not going to judge his parents. They don't know what to do with him either. Some kids make bad choices. He is 18, (an adult in the eyes of the law) old enough to know right from wrong, and he made the choice to rob that lady. I am glad that he didn't hurt the woman and that she could identify him. And I am really glad, the police caught him. This isn't the first time he robbed someone. It might be the first time he got caught.
Festus McMoron January 23, 2013 at 01:51 PM
anynomous, please let me know when a white kid from wilmette pulls a stunt like this. nice analogy. that's the problem with you people, you could stick a red rose underneath your nose and you'd still claim it was purple. my 100 bucks to yours that i'm right.

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