Update: Robbed of his pants on the Red Line, but victim refuses to cooperate with police

The alleged victim refused to pursue charges against Terry Ivory (l) and Michael Lee (r) | File; CPD

New details have emerged regarding a reported robbery aboard the Red Line last week in which the victim eventually stopped cooperating with police, forcing prosecutors to end their pursuit of felony charges.

Around 2:50 a.m. on Wednesday, a Red Line passenger reported seeing another passenger being robbed by an offender who had a gun at the Belmont stop. Police intercepted the train at the Wilson station a few minutes later, and they met with an 18-year-old man who reported that he had been robbed by two other men on the train.

The man told police that 20-year-old Terry Ivory walked up behind him and grabbed $12 from his hand. When the victim turned around, Ivory said, “this is a robbery, sit down,” while exposing a handgun in his waistband, according to a police report. Another participant in the robbery took the victim’s cell phone…and his pants, according to the victim’s statement to police.

Officers searched Ivory and reportedly found a BB gun in his waistband. The orange safety tip had been removed, police said.

The victim identified Ivory and 25-year-old Michael Lee as the robbers and police took them both into custody.

At the police station, the victim signed complaints against both men, but then became uncooperative. As a result, police, and prosecutors had to put robbery charges on hold.

Instead, Ivory was charged with possessing a replica firearm or BB gun. Lee was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property. Judge Anthony Calabrese set bail for each man at $1,000.

In an ironic twist, the victim was taken into custody on a warrant for a juvenile parole violation.
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