Woman Struck Victim With Hammer, Stole Her Purse On South Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman charged with hitting another woman in the head with a hammer while stealing her purse in the South Side Armour Square neighborhood has been ordered held without bond.

Stephine Criner, 31, faces one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to Chicago Police.

The 44-yar-old victim told police that about 7:55 p.m. Sunday, a woman wearing a black top and pink pants hit her in the head with a hammer, then demanded her purse in the 2500 block of South Wentworth, police said.

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Stephine Criner | Chicago Police

Criner took the woman’s property and drove away south in a black car, police said. Paramedics responded, but the victim refused medical attention.

The victim and police tracked the stolen property to the 8000 block of South Maryland, where they found a woman matching the suspect’s description at 9:22 p.m., police said. Criner was taken into custody and the stolen property recovered.

Criner, a resident of the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood, remains in the Cook County Jail.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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