CHICAGO (TheBlaze/AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home, a spokeswoman for the mayor said.
Emanuel's son Zach had "injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip," spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday, adding that the mayor is focused on his son's well-being and requested the news media respect the family's privacy.
The mayor and his family were headed for a vacation in Chile this weekend.
Chicago Police spokesman Thomas Sweeney didn't name the victim but says police are investigating an attack Friday night near the mayor's home. He says two males grabbed the victim, took his cellphone and fled.
WGN-TV's video report noted that one of the muggers "threw him in a chokehold" while the other punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. The station added that the pair made the victim punch in his cellphone security code before they took off.
Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama, is running for reelection in February.