WEST LOOP — A West Loop woman was punched in the face and robbed in front of her home Thursday night.
At 11:05 p.m. Thursday, a mugger approached the woman, a resident of the condo development called Block X in the first block of North Racine Avenue, police said.
When the man tried to snatch her cellphone from her hand, a struggled ensued.
The man punched her in the face before taking the phone and running away, police said. The suspect ran north on Racine, according to a neighbor.
West Loop resident Moshe Tamssot, a Block X resident and founder of True West Loop, a Facebook page focused on West Loop issues, was eating ice cream on his patio nearby when he heard the woman scream, he said. Tamssot dropped his ice cream cup and ran to her, but the suspect had already run off.
The woman tried her best to fight the attacker off, he said, and was shaken up by the incident. Her knees were scraped up from trying to fend the man off, Tammsot said.
"She was on the ground just bawling. She was freaking out," said Tamssot, who called 911. "I pleaded for them to send someone [to the scene]."
The victim declined medical attention, police said.
A suspect is not in custody and Area Central detectives continue to investigate the attack.
The suspect is described as a 30-40-year-old black man, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, 145 to 165 pounds, with short, partially grey hair. The man was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, police said.