3 charged in Niles robbery of Skokie woman

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By Jonathan Bullington

Tribune reporter


Three people have been arrested and charged with felonies in connection with the Sunday robbery of a Skokie woman in a Niles parking lot, police said.

The woman, 41, told police she was walking at about 7:30 p.m. in a retail parking lot in the 5600 block of Touhy Avenue when two women approached her from behind, Niles police said in a release. One of the women tried to grab her purse, authorities said.

The Skokie woman resisted, at which time she was hit in the face with a metal coffee cup, police said. They continued to struggle, police said, with the Skokie woman yelling, “Let go and get away.”

The robbers were able to make off with about $100 that fell out of the woman’s purse during the struggle, police said, and were seen leaving the area in a silver minivan.

Niles detectives found a vehicle matching the description given by the Skokie woman and witnesses, and tracked it to a Park Ridge home in the 800 block of West Touhy Avenue, police said.

Inside, authorities found Jennifer L. Braden, 30, who police said was the person who hit the Skokie woman in the face and tried to take her purse.

Braden was arrested and eventually charged with one felony count of armed robbery without a firearm, police said.

Niles police investigators said they determined two other people were involved in planning the robbery: Scott McWhorter, 33, and Jennifer Stoeckel, 32, both of Arlington Heights.

McWhorter and Stoeckel were arrested at an Arlington Heights motel, police said, and each were charged with one felony count of armed robbery without a firearm.

All three are expected to appear in court Feb. 6 in Skokie. They could not be reached for comment.


jbullington@tribune.com | Twitter: @jbtribune

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