A South Side man was arrested after a woman and two of her female friends fended him off when he tried to snatch the woman's purse in the Near North neighborhood Thursday evening.
Gregory Busby, 48, of the 100 block of West 91st Street, was charged with several counts of attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery in a public place.
The incident happened about 8:15 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of North Dearborn Street as the three women were walking on the street
Busby attacked three females and attempted to snatch one of their purses, but the three were able to fend him off and he fled on foot.
Shortly after, Near North District officers responded to the call and put the man's description out on police radio.
Near North bicycle unit officers who had also responded and heard the man's description were able to spot him running away. The man was cornered on Ontario Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue.
"It was good police work,".
After Busby was identified by the women as the attacker, he was arrested and charged.