Man accused of mugging taxi drivers in Lincoln Park

September 24, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Hermosa man was arrested Saturday night while allegedly holding a crack-pipe after he was accused of mugging two taxi cab drivers in Lincoln Park, county prosecutors said.

Anthony Muniz, 31, of the 2700 block of North Kostner Avenue, was arrested at an apartment building near North Clybourn Avenue and Webster Avenue, after police responding to a report of a taxi cab driver being robbed outside the building followed him there, according to court records.

When police encountered Muniz on the building's third floor, he was holding a clear plastic pipe with crack-cocaine residue inside of it, the police report said.

Muniz was placed into custody and brought outside. A cab driver then identified him as the man who took $37 from him at gunpoint after riding in his cab and refusing to pay the fare that evening.

The 38-year-old cab driver was the second driver to accuse Muniz of mugging him Saturday, prosecutors said. In an earlier incident, they said, Muniz rode a cab on the North Side and, after asking the driver if he had any change, took close to $50 from him while holding a "metal object" to his neck.

Muniz, who is charged with multiple counts of aggravated armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance, was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and held on $200,000 bond.

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