A pregnant woman was attacked and robbed in France by an illegal migrant suspect who was already known to police, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded on Wednesday morning in Villeurbanne, a commune in the Lyon metropolitan region.
A 30-year-old pregnant woman was sitting on a bench in Jorge Semprun Park when she was ambushed by a male suspect who doused her with pepper spray and snatched her phone, Lyon Capitale reports.
She tried to pursue the suspect but he escaped.
However, the victim encountered her assailant again hours later and alerted police who arrived and apprehended him on the spot.
He was identified as a migrant who was illegally present in France.
"The suspect, who claims to be a minor and who is unfavorably known to the police, was taken into custody," Le Progres reports.
The migrant told police he had already sold the stolen phone by the time he was arrested.
He was presented in court on Friday although it is unclear what, if any, charges he faced.
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