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Teen in Al Capone T-shirt charged in IIT cell phone mugging

October 15, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago teenager clad in a T-shirt with Al Capone on it was arrested Monday afternoon, after he allegedly mugged a man near the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. 

Jonathan Pride, 19, of the 1600 block of North Nagle Avenue in Austin, was charged with robbery when he was arrested by IIT public safety officers looking for him in the 2700 block of South Princeton Avenue. 

Pride robbed a 26-year-old Bridgeport man who was walking down Dearborn Avenue Monday, according to the police report. Pride grabbed the man from behind, threw him to the ground and punched him in the face before taking his iPhone 5, the report said. Prosecutors said Pride first asked the man for a cigarette, but grabbed him by the head when he refused to give him one.

When Pride was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. pointed out how Pride's shirt referenced a famous Chicago criminal. 

"Look at his T-shirt. I guess Al Capone's his hero. You think that's funny? How about this," the judge said, and then set Pride's bond at $200,000.

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