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Woman Beaten During Strong-Arm Robbery on Vallette Saturday Night

K-9 unit tracked the suspect to South Washington Street; charges are pending.

A woman was beaten by a man attempting to steal her purse at 130 W. Vallette Saturday night.

The woman told police while she was walking eastbound on Vallette at around 10 p.m. Sept. 22, a man attempted to grab her purse, then punched her about 10 times in the face. She tried to fight him off by kicking and screaming. They both fell to the ground, and she screamed and kicked him. Another citizen witnessed the crime.

The man fled the area and was hiding in the 500 block of South Washington Street, but was later tracked by K-9 Diesel. Police identified the man as Lino Velazquez, 27, 4157 W. 24th St., Chicago.

Velazquez was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital due to a medical issue and a high level of intoxication, police said. Charges are pending.

A mug shot is not yet available.

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Ralph September 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Liberal judges..... I don't know which are worse..... http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Illinois/Cook-County-IL/Lino-Velazquez.4240666/details/
Justin Hunt September 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
A mugging in a proposed TIF district? That's exciting. Any proposed plans for a currency exchange?
JLT September 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Excellent police work. I was driving down york rd when all the police cars came to the area. They did an amazing job in covering the streets, spreading out and working together. I've been checking the patch to see what all the comotion was and now I know.
Dawn Castro September 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Big kudos to Diesel and the officers.
Stewart Levine September 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
let me guess he's here because he wanted to take jobs that americans didn't want
Debbie Freitag September 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM
He's here so he can rob and beat an innocent 22 year old woman.
Jennifer Whitley September 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Great job by the Elmhurst police for responding the way they did. And awesome job by the K9 team!

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