Suspect in Attack on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Son Arrested

Before becoming mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel (center)—with son Zach, daugher Leah, wife Amy Rule and daughter Ilana—watched election night results Feb. 22, 2011, in Chicago.
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Chicago police have arrested one of two people suspected of mugging Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son in December near the family’s home on the North Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The apprehended suspect allegedly sold Zach Emanuel’s phone online to another man, who then sold it to a woman via Facebook, the police told the news site.


“When the woman who bought the phone tried to activate it with her mobile provider, it didn’t work,” police spokesman Martin Maloney said, according to the Sun-Times. “She took it to a small retailer, who ran it through a database. The retailer saw it had been reported stolen, and they gave her the phone number it had been associated with.”

The woman then contacted Zach Emanuel, who put her in contact with police.

According to the Sun-Times, Phillip Payne will face trial Monday in Cook County juvenile court. The Sun-Times notes that although authorities don’t usually release the names of minors charged with a crime—Payne was 17 at the time of the attack—the suspect turned 18 on Jan. 30 before being arrested a week later on Feb. 6 as an adult on charges that he lied to the police about his identity.

He is still, however, charged as a juvenile in the mugging of Zach Emanuel and allegedly admits to punching the boy and taking his iPhone before demanding the access code, the Sun-Times reports.

“Payne gave a full confession as to his role in the robbery,” Maloney said.

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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