EDGEWATER — Chicago police chased down a would-be robber Sunday after the man reportedly shoved a Loyola University student to the ground and took his cell phone, an official said.
The student was walking at 11:56 p.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue when he was pushed from behind while talking on the phone, Thomas Murray, Loyola's director of campus safety, said in a statement.
"Upon hitting the ground, the victim’s phone slid from his grasp and the offender picked it up and fled the scene," he said.
The student then alerted a Chicago police patrol vehicle in the area, which began searching for the man.
Police saw the man running down a nearby alley and after "a brief foot chase he was apprehended and the victim’s phone was recovered." Murray said.
Murray cautioned students to avoid walking alone off campus, especially while using a cell phone.
Officials did not release the name of the person arrested, charges filed or any other details.