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Good Samaritans foil bike-riding cellphone thief

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John Ramirez (Chicago Police Dept. )
August 26, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Bridgeport man was arrested Sunday evening on robbery charges after he tried to take a woman's cell phone and flee on his bicycle, county prosecutors said.

John Ramirez, 29, of the 2900 block of South Archer Avenue, was riding a bicycle on Archer Avenue, prosecutors said, when he saw a woman on Canal Street talking on her cellphone. He allegedly grabbed the cellphone from her hand and pushed her away, then attempted to flee on his bike, but couldn't because the woman, 22, grabbed the bike and wouldn't let go.

Ramirez punched the woman in the face several times, causing bruising and swelling, in his attempt to flee, but two witnesses heard her calling for help, ran to the street corner and grabbed him, according to the police report.

Ramirez fled on Archer Avenue until a police officer caught up with him and arrested him around 10 p.m. One of the witnesses returned the woman's cellphone to her, but it was damaged.

Ramirez was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held on $75,000 bond.

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