One of those witnesses called 911 just after 12 o’clock noon to report that he was following an offender who had thrown a woman to the ground and tried to take her purse near the CTA station.
Two witnesses eventually caught up with the suspect and detained him for police in the 3900 block of N Pine Grove.
While searching for the suspect and witnesses, officers found an apparent second victim near the Walgreens at Sheridan and Irving Park Road, police said. She was gone when they tried to re-contact her and it is not clear if she later filed a report.
The offender was described as a heavyset 6-foot tall black man. Based on that description, the man in custody does not appear to be the person responsible for a string of daytime attacks on women who police believe is escaping in a red Pontiac Vibe hatchback.
CWB is withholding the name of Thursday’s arrestee until charges are announced.