Peoria Police said 23-year-old Brian Cornwell, Jr. tried to steal a woman's purse as she was leaving the Civic Center around 9:00 p.m.
The victim's husband chased Cornwell down and was able to retrieve his wife's purse.
After taking Cornwell into custody, police said they found a pink cell phone in his possession.
They said he stole that phone from another victim earlier that evening.
Cornwell is being charged with attempted robbery, theft and possession of stolen property.