Mugging

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The act of physical attack upon an isolated pedestrian on a public street at night and the taking of money and effects from his person. While generally not a crime on its own, a mugger may be criminally liable for the felony of common-law robbery. State v. Smith. Mugging can also connotate a physical attack on a pedestrian from behind. Goldberg v. National Life Ins. Co.

In a gang context, “mean mugging” is a gang term for challenging down a rival gang member by staring them down, and is often a precursor to more serious violence. Saechao v. Brazelton.

[Last updated in August of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]