Definition - What does Mugging mean?
Mugging refers to a physical assault upon a person, generally with the intent to rob the victim. Mugging usually takes place outdoors, under opportune circumstances.
In the context of the law, mugging is a crime, and those who are accused of it can face criminal prosecution. Mugging convictions can carry heavy prison sentences.
Justipedia explains Mugging
Mugging is very similar to robbery. When a criminal mugs a person, the goal is usually to steal the person's wallet, phone, purse, jewelry or other items that the person may be carrying.
Muggings are often carried out in public places such as parks or alleys, and they often occur at night because darkness provides a certain degree of cover for muggers.