Three juvenile girls were in court today accused of robbing and punching two 14-year-old girls on Oak Street off Michigan Avenue Tuesday evening in the Gold Coast neighborhood, authorities said.
The victims, both of Chicago, were not injured but had their cell phones taken, according to authorities.
Police responded to call of a robbery in the 0-100 block of East Oak Street about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and met the two 14-year-old girls who told them one of the three suspects approached one of the girls and asked to use her cell phone, police said.
The girl complied and when she walked away with the phone, the other two suspects confronted the victims and began to punch them and grabbed a second cell phone, said police.
A witness saw the victims screaming and chased the suspects eastbound on Oak Street, police said. The three girls were taken into custody about 20 minutes after the robbery.
The mother of one of the victims said her daughter and friend were walking along Oak Street when one of the three began talking to her.
“She asked if she could use the phone to call her mother,’’ said the woman.
Her daughter, who lives in the Gold Coast area, said she felt uncomfortable because she didn’t want anyone to see her enter her private code to unlock the iPhone, but “wanted to do the right thing’’ and let her use the phone.
“She dialed the number and walked away,’’ said the woman.
When her daughter began chasing the girl who took her phone, she said her: “Give me my phone back,’’ but the girl denied she had it.
The two other suspects then went after the other victim, grabbing her iPhone.The woman said her daughter was “elbowed’’ by the girls when she tried to intervene.
When the three girls ran away with both phones, her daughter and friend found a man nearby in his 20s and told him their phones and had just been stolen and they needed to call 911.
He gave them his phone and began running after the girls. Police got there shortly and were able to find the three girls and the iPhones.
“Thank goodness they weren’t hurt,’’ the woman said. “And they got their phones back.’’
The suspects, -- two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old -- were cited in a juvenile petition with robbery and aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
They appeared in Juvenile Court Wednesday before Judge Lori Wolfson who ordered them held and gave them a trial date of Aug. 14, Simonton said.
No one was injured.