WOODSTOCK – A 43-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with attempted robbery after she hit a woman in the face and tried to steal her purse, police said.
Joann Mendez, whose last known address is in Woodstock, approached a woman who was in a parked car and asked her for money, according to a news release from Woodstock police. The victim’s car was in a public parking lot located near Throop and West Judd streets.
When the victim turned her head away to retrieve money out of her purse, Mendez struck the victim in the face multiple times and attempted to steal the victim’s purse, police said.
The victim kept her purse and was able to get away from Mendez. The woman provided a description of Mendez to police, and a patrol officer and detective later found Mendez standing outside the Woodstock Public Library.
Mendez was charged with aggravated battery and attempted robbery. She could face up to five years in prison, if convicted. Her bond was set at $75,000.
Mendez previously was convicted of domestic battery in 2016, possession of a controlled substance in 2009, residential burglary in 2007 and aggravated battery in 2007, according to McHenry County court records.
Her 2016 conviction stemmed from a situation in which Mendez was accused of fighting with a man and ripping out a handful of his hair, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. That same day, she also was accused of tearing off a different man’s colostomy bag and biting his leg through two pairs of pants, breaking his skin, the complaint stated.
Mendez remained in the McHenry County Jail on Thursday afternoon and is due back in court Tuesday.