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Boy charged with trying to rob woman at knifepoint in Lake Forest

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with trying to rob a woman at knifepoint Friday evening in north suburban Lake Forest.

The boy was charged with aggravated armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis, according to Lake Forest police.

About 5:20 p.m. Friday, the woman, in her mid-30s, was approached in the 1000 block of North Western Avenue by a boy brandishing a large kitchen knife who tried to rob her, police said. She struck him in the head with her cellphone multiple times and he ran off.

Officers searched a nearby construction site, Metra tracks and bike path for the suspect, but did not find him, police said.

However, the Lake Forest boy was identified as a person of interest through “investigative leads uncovered late Friday night and Saturday,” police said.

He was taken into custody early Monday after police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in which the boy was reported as the suspect, police said.

The stolen vehicle was recovered, and the boy also had cannabis and unlawful prescription medication in his possession, police said. He was taken to the police station and interviewed, and he admitted to the robbery.

The victim also identified the boy in a photo lineup, police said.

He was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center and held pending a preliminary court hearing, police said.