21-Year-Old Charged With Battering Seniors Who Were Clearing Snow
A 21-year-old man has been charged with several felonies in connection with two incidents and his alleged escape attempt all that occurred within about an hour on March 3 in Kane and DuPage counties.
According to an Aurora Police Department news release, Ronald Phipps, 21, of the 500 block of Woodlawn Avenue, Aurora, is charged with three counts of aggravated battery through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office and single counts of aggravated battery, robbery, fleeing and eluding police, and not having a valid driver’s license in DuPage County.
Phipps’ alleged crimes began about 8:15 a.m., March 3, when he approached a 66-year-old man who was shoveling snow at an automotive repair business in the 100 block of North Loucks Street on the city’s Near East Side. Phipps demanded the shovel the man was using before punching him in the face, grabbing the shovel, and walking around a neighboring building, police said.
The victim walked toward the business to summon help but before reaching the door, Phipps again appeared and punched the man in the face a second time. The two men then got into a third tussle as the victim was trying to enter the business. He was able to push Phipps away and get into the building, locking the door behind him. Phipps ended up leaving the shovel and driving away.
The 66-year-old man declined treatment, police said.
About an hour later, Phipps allegedly approached a 71-year-old man in the 1600 block of Trafalger Lane on the Far East Side and demanded a snow blower the man was using. When the man refused, Phipps took a swing at him but missed when the man moved out of the way. Phipps then hit the man in the chest causing the victim to fall to the ground.
Fearing he would be further attacked, the victim kicked Phipps twice, according to police. Phipps then took the snow blower and began walking toward his vehicle while the 71-year-old walked toward his house where he summoned police.
At 9:21 a.m., responding officers spotted Phipps’ green, 2003 Ford Explorer near Trafalger and Ridge Road and followed it. Phipps ended up stopping near Montgomery Road and Cumberland Avenue, where he was taken into custody without further incident.
The snow blower was located in a driveway in the 2400 block of Ridge Road. The victim declined medical treatment.
As of March 7, Phipps was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the DuPage County Correctional Center in Wheaton. His court dates in both counties are pending.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release