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7 teens charged in downtown muggings that injured tourist

Updated: June 13, 2012 12:06PM

Seven teenagers were charged Sunday evening after they allegedly mugged a tourist and a local man as the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park ended Saturday night, police said.

The teens — ages 13 to 16 — were each charged with three counts of mob action, said police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety, adding that charges were pending against an adult.

The suspects were cuffed shortly after the muggings took place in the 500 block of North State Street about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

“It was great police work by patrol officers that apprehended and arrested these offenders,” said police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

A 31-year-old man and a 44-year-old man were battered in the attacks, Mirabelli said, and paramedics took both men to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The 31-year-old man-- who lives out of town-- suffered a possibly fractured jaw and bruises on his face, Mirabelli said. The 44-year-old local man had a cut lip that required stitches.

The suspected muggers were in a group that fled southbound after the attacks, Mirabelli said, but officers were able to catch up to the group on Kinzie Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue.

One person unsuccessfully tried running from police, Mirabelli said.

About an hour prior to the muggings, a “large fight” broke out in front of the John Hancock building, said police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. No injuries were reported, and officers made no arrests.

Further details were not immediately available.

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