Two Joliet teens who choked and punched a Joliet Central High School student to get hold of his backpack and cell phone are now facing aggravated battery and robbery charges, Joliet police said.
The victim, 14, told police he was walking home from school along Maple Street at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday when he saw two Hispanic teens walking toward him at a fast pace, Cmdr. Rich Demick said.
Anticipating he might be in trouble, he pulled out his phone to contact his uncle but was put into a chokehold and punched in the face before he could make the call, Demick said.
"They tried to get into his backpack, and he (told them) he only had books in them," he said.
When they realized that to be the case, they took his cell phone and fled, he said. The victim ran home, and he and his uncle drove around the neighborhood looking for the two teens before calling police, he said.
Joliet detective Jim Voudrie heard about the case and, realizing it was similar to one he handled, put together a photo lineup for the victim to review, Demick said. The teen was able to identify the two suspects, ages 15 and 16, who were arrested Monday afternoon and taken to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet.