BUS-TED: Man Charged With Armed Robbery Aboard CTA Bus

A Kimar 911 steel 8 millimeter blank gun like the one
Hernandez is accused of brandishing.

A 20-year-old Portage Park man has been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault to a transit employee in connection with a robbery onboard a #80 Irving Park bus in North Center Wednesday evening.

Prosecutors say Nathaniel J. Hernandez pointed an 8 millimeter blank pistol at a 46-year-old fellow passenger’s head and took the man’s Samsung Galaxy phone and wallet as the bus neared Irving Park and Damen.

(Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Hernandez is also accused of pointing the gun in the bus driver’s face and ordering him to open the bus doors to allow Hernandez to escape.

Police arrested Hernandez a few minutes after the robbery and he was positively identified by “all victims and witnesses” who were on the bus, prosecutors say. Hernandez’s gun was found under a dumpster in the 3900 block of Damen.

Bond is set at $300,000.

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