Loop: Man charged with attempted robbery on Monroe Red Line platform

Deeon Cooper is charged with trying to rob a man at the Monroe Red Line station. | CPD; Google

A South Side man has been charged with trying to rob a CTA passenger at the Monroe Red Line platform on Saturday evening.

Police were called to the train station by a 25-year-old man who reported that a stranger wearing a blue and white jacket had repeatedly tried to steal his phone and that the confrontation had become physical.

Officers searched nearby train stations and found 28-year-old Deeon Cooper of the Chatham neighborhood standing on the Jackson platform in a blue and white jacket, according to police.

When officers tried to detain Cooper for investigation, he began flailing his arms and struck one officer in the face with his elbow, police said. The victim later identified Cooper as the man who tried to take his phone.

Cooper is charged with felony robbery and felony aggravated battery of a police officer. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail.

Court records show that Cooper was sentenced to a three-year prison term in 2013 for robbing a Red Line passenger at the Chicago/State station.
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