Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son was the victim of a strong-armed robbery near the family’s home late Friday night, the mayor’s office said.
Officer Thomas Sweeney confirmed a juvenile male was walking on the mayor’s block in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood when he was approached by two unknown men who grabbed the teen and went through his pockets and took his cellphone.
Sweeney would not identify the victim, but the mayor’s spokeswoman, Kelley Quinn, confirmed that Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was the victim of the robbery.
“Mayor Emanuel’s son, Zach, was assaulted in a robbery during which his phone was stolen,” Quinn said. “He sustained injuries that required medical treatment but was able to join the family for a long planned trip. The mayor’s focus is on his son’s well-being, and as parents, he and Amy ask that the media respect their family’s privacy at this time.”
The mayor and his family were set to travel to Chile this weekend.
One of the men “placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground, according to the Chicago Tribune, which obtained a police report detailing the incident.
Sweeney said police are investigating the incident but had no suspects in custody.
SOURCE: USA Today – Aamer Madhani