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Woman struck victim with hammer, stole her purse on South Side, police say

Stephine Criner. (Chicago Police Department)

A woman struck another woman in the head with a hammer and stole her purse Sunday night in the South Side Armour Square neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

Stephine Criner, 31, faces one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, police said.

About 7:55 p.m., the 44-year-old victim reported a woman wearing a black top and pink pants hit her in the head with a hammer and demanded her purse in the 2500-block of South Wentworth Avenue, according to police.

Criner took the woman's property and drove away south in a black car, police said. Paramedics responded, but the victim refused medical attention.

The victim and police tracked the stolen property to the 8000 block of South Maryland, where they found a woman matching the suspect's description at 9:22 p.m., police said. Criner was taken into custody and the stolen property recovered.

Criner, a resident of the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood, was scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

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