She lives in my building, in apartment 17. She was walking home from Lunds with a friend, carrying kitty litter and Tide liquid laundry detergent.
mattador and I were watching LOST, and we heard screaming for help and another woman shouting "let her go." We got up, looked out the window, and didn't see anything except two women standing in the lawn. We discussed briefly calling the cops, but they didn't seem to be in any continued danger so we decided against.
A few minutes later, I saw flashing lights against the kitchen wall. We got up, looked out the window and saw a fire truck, an ambulance, and a police car. The women were back outside, so we shut off the sound, paused the episode, and opened the window to try and hear. There were six people I could see. Two paramedics, two police, and the two women. We watched one woman walk to the ambulance, holding her arm which was visibly broken.
We decided to go outside and "smoke" aka get the scoop. In the hallway, we met our neighbor Kyle from across the hall, and our neighbor Aaron from downstairs. Then we learned that she had been mugged, and that we should avoid the front stoop.
We went around the back, and talked amongst ourselves for awhile before I went to talk to the police. Evidently they had just been walking home, and the man that mugged them had been following them. He was wearing dark clothes and was about 5'9". When they crossed the bike-path he grabbed her left arm and twisted it behind her. It's not clear whether her arm was broken while she struggled to get away or because she fell after he let go. Still, there was a fair bit of blood spattered on the concrete.
I don't know much else, besides that our upstairs neighbor, Faith, so the man run away towards the transit station. I don't know whether he actually succeeded in stealing anything, but I do know our neighbor from 17 will be okay, though shaken and with her dominant arm broken.
It's so bizarre, especially when I think about the fact that I've walked home alone so many times even later at night... and she was mugged at 8:30 p.m. while walking with a friend. I have seen a shady character skulking around the shadows in our alley, and I told the cops about him... and hopefully they'll be patroling more. I really felt this was a safe neighborhood, and it blows my mind that this happened.
Needless to say, I'm really glad I took Tae Kwon Do for five years... and that I have at least 2 pounds of metal on my 12-inch-choke-collar keychain.