18-year-old pleads guilty in mugging of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son

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Phillip Payne. Photo from Chicago Police Department

Phillip Payne. Photo from Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday morning in the mugging of Rahm Emanuel’s son Zach.

According to The Sun-Times, Phillip Payne was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Payne and another suspect punched Zach Emanuel and stole his iPhone. It happened across the street for the mayor’s heavily-guarded home in December.

Police say they were able to trace the stolen phone to Payne after it was sold twice. Investigators say Payne gave a full confession. They’re still looking for the second suspect.

The Sun-Times also reports that during the hearing Payne apologized to Emanuel’s wife, Amy Rule, for what he did.


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  • Diane.

    I still don’t believe the entire story of why the mayors son was targeted with such a blatant act so close to the mayor home. I think junior did something illegal and the evidence was on the phone. Other people involved wanted the phone ( or what contacts, photos it contained) out of juniors possession and the smack down was just sending a message.

  • Dr. Venture

    I’m sure the Chicago Police department set up a task force and has had 20 officers working 12-16 hour shifts trying to track down Zach’s iPhone

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