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Men accused of stealing diaper bag during purse-snatching spree

October 14, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two men admitted to going on a purse-snatching spree in Lakeview and Oak Park this weekend, county prosecutors said, and even accidentally grabbed someone's diaper bag.

Eric Sierra, 39, of Roselle, Ill., was charged with five counts of robbery, one theft, and one aggravated battery, while Daniel Johnson, 53, of the 1400 block of South Blue Island Avenue, was charged with two counts of robbery and attempted robbery. In many of the robberies, the police report said, Sierra grabbed purses out of the hands of women on the streets of Oak Park and Lakeview while Johnson drove a get-away vehicle.

"Robbery, robbery... theft, robbery ... now we're in business," Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said when Sierra was brought before him.

Sierra and Johnson were arrested Sunday afternoon in the 6900 block of West Grace Street when the men allegedly tried to grab a 24-year-old woman's purse from her hands. Sierra struck the woman in the ankle, the police report said, and threw the purse into the backseat of the car window. The police report said Johnson was observed throwing the purse out of the car window again as he tried to flee from police.

Sierra admitted to committing a slew of robberies around the North and West Sides over the weekend, according to the police report, including a robbery in Portage Park where he accidentally grabbed a woman's diaper bag, mistaking it for a purse. He also admitted to striking an elderly woman to steal her purse--a move that left her face badly bruised--and to stealing a Virgin Mary figurine from a woman in the 3000 block of West Belmont Avenue on Oct. 5, according to the police report.

Johnson was also accused of stealing wallets and cell phones from women in the 3400 block of North Marshfield Avenue and the 3900 block of North Greenview Avenue.

Both Johnson and Sierra were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and held on $450,000  bond.

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