Charges against Kameron D. Alston were thrown out yesterday by Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman, who ruled that there was no probable cause for the case to continue.
It's the second time that robbery charges against Alston have been dropped by a Cook County judge since 2010.
A 52-year-old North Center man told police that Alston punched him repeatedly in the face and head and then took items from the victim's pockets after the man fell to the ground.
Witnesses also reported that a woman in a Nissan Rogue appeared to be waiting to drive Alston away, but the woman left without Alston, allowing him to be arrested.
Arresting officers said Alston identified the vehicle and told them that the driver was a Hispanic woman named "Amber."
In April 2010, Alston was charged with committing a strong arm robbery in the 3300 block of W Bloomingdale in Logan Square. Those charges were later thrown out by a judge who said there was no probable cause.
CWB Chicago editors have monitored nearly 100 robbery cases from our area in recent years. More than 97% of the cases have ended with guilty pleas.