Velez—and another unidentified male subject—targeted a victim exiting Hometown Pantry, Rompa said.
"Velez approached him from behind," Rompa said. "Velez and an unidentified male subject attempted to remove the victim's wallet from a pocket and the victim's phone. After the failed attempt by Valez to get the wallet, the subjects fled."
Rompa said officers located a group a the park district basketball courts a short time later.
"Valez was identified as the one who attempted to take the wallet," Rompa said. "No additional subject was identified."