PHONING IT IN: Suspect Pinned On Platform, Victim Bleeding, But CTA Security Barely Lifts A Finger

Whitney (Cook Co Sheriff’s Dept)

Security at the Belmont CTA station refused to help passengers detain a man who punched a woman in the face while riding the Red Line last Wednesday afternoon, according to a man who talked to the Sun-Times.

“[The guard said] our options were to let the man go and have him run away, otherwise it was up to us to keep the man restrained until the police arrived. We begged him to help but he refused. He just stood there, not even checking on or administering first aid to the woman.

The guard did report the incident to CTA, which relayed the report to police.

According to the Good Samaritan, police arrived at the Belmont station 30 minutes after the incident unfolded.

CWB’s review of CPD radio traffic shows that officers were on-scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched. Why did it take 27 minutes for the call to go out? Well, that’s anybody’s guess.

Charged with simple battery in the case is Danny Whitney, 56, whose Cook County Criminal Court file spans nearly 200 entries.

We previously reported on Whitney in March 2015. On that occasion, he was charged with battery after punching a man in the face at Roscoe and Halsted when the victim refused to give him money.

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