CTA “White Powder” Suspect In Custody, Cops Say

The guy who intentionally sprinkled white powder on an inbound Red Line train during last Thursday’s bustling morning rush is in custody, police said.

Davis | Chicago Police Dept

41-year-old Kelvin Davis of West Ridge was caught on CTA surveillance video, pouring powder from a brown paper bag, the department said. Eyewitnesses were able to identify him. He is charged with one count of reckless conduct.

Detectives hoped to have Davis charged with felony counts, but the Cook County State’s Attorney refused to pursue the more serious charge, according to a source who requested anonymity.

First responders arrived at the Addison Red Line station around 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the incident and tests found the substance to be “non-harmful.”

Nonetheless, as CWBChicago reported exclusively that night, Chicago police quarantined the affected car at the Howard train yard where bomb and arson detectives conducted a complete investigation.

At the time, we reported that a source said the suspect had been described as a light-complected black man in his 20’s with freckles on his face. He was wearing a beige canvas hat, a red Bulls jersey, and knee-length shorts.

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