A scammer who claimed to be fundraising for a basketball team beat down and attempted to rob a man on the Belmont Red Line platform just before 4:30 yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to the northbound platform by witnesses who reported a battery in progress when one of the ubiquitous “fundraisers” knocked the victim to the platform and “kicked him in the face and left eye a few times,” according to an officer on the scene. The victim managed to wrestle back control of his wallet, which the offender tried to take after the beating.
An officer stated that the attacker escaped by hopping on a northbound Red Line train that the CTA refused to stop.
The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.
According to witnesses, the offender was a black man in his early 20’s, about 5’7″ tall, 155 pounds, with short braids or twists in his hair. He wore gray sweatpants and a blue sleeveless t-shirt. He remains at large.
Currently classified as a simple battery in CPD case HX268031.