Gunmen rob victim of his shoes on Addison Red Line platform; Two other robberies on train line since Tuesday

At least three robberies have been reported on Red Line trains and platforms since early Tuesday, according to Chicago police. Charges have been filed in one of the incidents.

Addison Station: Shoes Taken At Gunpoint

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Police said two men, ages 23 and 27, were robbed at gunpoint on the Addison Red Line platform around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. The victims were sitting on a bench when three strangers walked up, displayed a handgun, and demanded their victims’ property.

The robbers boarded a southbound Red Line train with the victims’ backpacks, phones, wallets—and one of the victims’ shoes.

Police said the offenders were three black men in their 20’s. One had dreadlocks, stood 5’10” tall, and wore blue jeans with a blue hoodie. Another was about 6-feet tall wearing a dark hoodie with a towel wrapped around his head. And the third victim wore a scarf around his head, a gray hoodie, and flip-flops.

North/Clybourn Station: Arrest Made

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A 15-year-old boy is in custody, charged with felony robbery after he took a man’s phone at the North and Clybourn station around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The 24-year-old victim was stepping off of a train with his phone in his hand when the offender wrestled it away and ran east on North Avenue, police said. Cops caught up with the thief in the 1400 block of North Hudson and the victim subsequently identified him as the offender, according to police. No further information is available about the teen because he is a juvenile.

Monroe Station: Gunpoint Robbery

As CWBChicago reported yesterday, two men robbed a CTA passenger at gunpoint aboard a northbound Red Line train in the Loop around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Chicago police. The victim said the offenders took his wallet, which contained about $60, and exited at the Monroe station. One suspect is described as male, black, 5’10” tall, slim, dressed in mostly white clothing. He had a tattoo over his right eye. The second man was also black, about 5’9” tall, skinny, and dressed in all black. He was armed with a black handgun and was wearing a fanny pack.

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