VIDEO: Footage emerges of Red Line armed robbery attack

Video grabs of the alleged robbery in progress. | Anonymous

CWBChicago has received a video showing an alleged robbery unfolding on the CTA Red Line station on the night of April 23.

We told you about the case earlier this week after new bond court Judge Arthur Willis allowed two of the accused offenders to leave jail by posting deposit bonds of just $200 each—despite being charged with Class X felony armed robbery, the second most serious level of crime in Illinois behind murder.

Police said a 39-year-old man told them that two men, a woman, and a female juvenile robbed him on a train at the State-Lake station late last Tuesday.

(Left to right): Nathaniel Goodwin; Alija Olds; and De’Ovenonna Thomas. | CPD

The time, date, and stop information on the CTA train’s overhead signage align with those particulars.  The victim said 26-year-old Alija Olds of the Gold Coast pointed a gun to his head and then to his stomach as Olds took valuables from the victim’s pockets. Two females and 19-year-old Nathaniel Goodwin who were with Olds battered the man and a 17-year-old boy who was also on the train, prosecutors said.

A passenger who was on the train sent two videos—a 27-second long version that does not have audio…

….and a 7-second portion of the incident with audio included.

The video shows a man in a red baseball hat jump to the rear of the train car where other people are gathered, apparently carrying out the alleged robbery. The man closely resembles Goodwin, who was later charged in the crime.

Moments later, the alleged victim escapes from the back of the train car as the man in the hat follows, eventually catching the victim and hitting him repeatedly while saying something about wanting money.

Police found Olds, Goodwin, 20-year-old De’Ovenonna Thomas, and the juvenile at a nearby convenience store where the victims subsequently identified them as the offenders, according to court records. The robbery victim suffered bruising and swelling of his head, face, and body, police said. The teen’s left arm was reportedly swollen.

Olds and Goodwin were charged with Class X felony armed robbery and two counts of battery. Thomas was charged with Class X felony armed robbery and one count of battery. Details of the juvenile’s charges were not immediately available.

In court, Willis set bail for Thomas and Goodwin at $2,000, meaning that they can go free by paying a deposit bond of just $200. For a Class X felony allegation. Willis said the two will have to go on electronic monitoring when they post bail.

Olds was already free on bail awaiting trial for burglary to auto in Lincoln Park. Willis revoked that bail and set bail in the robbery at $5,000.

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