PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — A Chicago man is accused of snatching a woman’s purse in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Palos Heights. Kyuan Murry, 24, appeared Wednesday before Cook County Judge Linzie Jones on one felony count of robbery at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
At 4:48 p.m. Feb. 4, a man, later identified as Murry, approached a woman in her 60s in the parking lot of CVS, 11859 Southwest Highway. The prosecutor said that a masked man ripped the woman’s purse from her hands. Surveillance video captured Murry’s vehicle approaching and leaving the CVS lot, police and the prosecutor said.
An hour later, the woman’s credit cards were used at multiple stores. The prosecutor said video captured Murry at the various locations using the credit cards. The suspect’s vehicle and suspect were both identified by distinct tattoos and vehicle markings, according to the charges.
Prior to the robbery, a Palos Heights police officer recognized Murry’s vehicle from a traffic stop minutes earlier. Murry was identified as the driver during the stop and was later found to be the robbery suspect.
Murry was located at his residence in Chicago on Monday. He was taken into custody without incident. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and felony charges were approved.
The prosecutor said the Murry has no prior criminal background.
The assistant public defender told the judge that Murry is homeless, but occasionally works for a temporary staffing agency. He has his high school diploma and said his family can’t afford bail. Murry had a relative he could stay with while his case is pending.
Judge Jones issued a $20,000 I-bond and ordered Murry to remain on sheriff’s electronic monitoring. Murry is due back in court March 15 in Bridgeview.
“Don’t make this any worse. This is a serious offense,” the judge said. “You stay home. You get arrested on my bond and I will lock you up.”
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