Three-Time Felon On Parole Charged With Robbing Passengers On Red Line

Denzel Boykin (inset) took part in three robberies on a North Side Red Line train Friday, police said.

One of the four suspects being sought in a series of robberies aboard a Red Line train early Friday morning is in custody, police said.

Denzel Boykin, a 23-year-old parolee who’s been convicted of three felonies including another robbery since 2012, was taken into custody on Sunday near his home in the Ashburn neighborhood.

Police said he was one of the men who robbed three separate passengers within 15 minutes on a Red Line train as they traveled northbound from Clybourn to Fullerton around 1 a.m.

Boykin was one of four suspects captured in these CTA surveillance images, police said. | CPD

During two of the robberies, the men implied that they were armed and the third victim was punched in the face, according to a police statement.

Boykin is charged with two felony counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm and felony robbery. He was due in bond court today.

According to state records, Boykin was released from prison on October 19 after serving half of a five-year sentence for unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Records show that he was on parole for two earlier felonies when he was arrested in the stolen auto case: A 2013 robbery for which he received a three-year sentence and a 2012 conviction for aggravated battery to a school employee in which he was sentenced to five years.

Police did not make any statement today about the other three men who were being sought in the train robberies.

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