A man who allegedly assaulted and attempted to rob a woman outside of a McDonald's restaurant in the city's South End neighborhood early Tuesday was charged with attempted murder.
Police responded to 360 Main St. about 12:30 a.m. after receiving reports of the alleged assault.
According to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney, 48-year-old Kent Alexander Taylor blocked 27-year-old female victim from entering the restaurant and demanded money from her.
Taylor, whom the victim knew at "Machine," then assaulted her and threw her to the ground. Taylor began to choke the victim because he could not find her money inside her purse, Delaney said.
People inside the restaurant intervened before the victim lost consciousness from being choked, Delaney said.
Taylor fled the scene, but police quickly located and apprehended him on Broad Street without incident.
Police charged Taylor, of 156 Mill St., Springfield, with attempted unarmed robbery, attempted murder, assault and battery, and possession of cocaine after officers found the drug in his pocket, Delaney said.
Taylor is due in Springfield District Court on Tuesday. The victim did not require hospitalization, Delaney said.
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