Next court date set for iPad theft suspect
Sean Thomas / photo from Evanston police
Updated: October 1, 2012 3:07PM
A man who tried to steal an Evanston man’s iPad advertised on Craigslist, then bit and stabbed the victim when he tried to take it back, is next set to appear in court Sept. 13 on armed-robbery charges
Sean Thomas, 20, of the 8100 block of South Lafayette Avenue, Chicago, was ordered held on $7,500 bail last week.
If he was able to come up with the $750 to bail himself out, he was to be restricted to electronic monitoring, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.
The victim, a 31-year-old man, posted the iPad for sale on Craigslist and was contacted by Thomas, who wanted to buy it, according to Evanston police. They made arrangements to meet just before midnight in the 800 block of Noyes in Evanston.
The victim arrived and met the prospective buyer, but when he handed him the iPad, Thomas ran off without paying, according to police.
The victim chased and caught up with him in the 2200 block of Maple, where a struggle ensued and Thomas pulled a knife and cut the victim several times on his body, police said. He also bit the victim on the arm.
The victim was able to disarm Thomas and retrieve his iPad, and officers from the Evanston and Northwestern University police departments stopped him as he tried to run away, police said. The victim later identified Thomas as the robber, authorities said.
The victim was treated at Evanston Northshore Hospital. ~,~.