5 mugged in downtown subways since July 18th, cops warn — but not *one* image of the offenders is released

A Red Line train sits at a Loop station in July 2019. | File

At least five people have been robbed on the CTA’s train system downtown since July 18th, according to a community alert issued by Chicago police on Tuesday evening. Yet, despite having five muggings to choose from and security cameras throughout the transit system, investigators did not release any images of the offenders.

Police said between one and three attackers have been using “force and intimidation” to rob CTA passengers. Some victims were threatened. Others were punched in the face and body before valuables were ripped from their hands or pockets, police said.

The robberies have happened both on platforms and aboard trains during afternoon and evening hours.

Investigators typically issue a community alert when they believe a person or group is responsible for a series of crimes.

Five cases are listed in Tuesday’s warning: at or near the Roosevelt station at 5:22 p.m. on July 18th and again at 8:05 p.m. on July 23rd; at or near the Washington Blue Line station at 4:25 p.m. on July 24th; at or near the Harrison Red Line station at 8:10 p.m. on July 26th; and at or near the Jackson Blue Line Station at 3:20 p.m. on July 27th.

Police described the offenders only as male, black, 15- to 21-years-old and 5’6” to 6-feet tall.

Anyone with information about the incidents may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384 regarding pattern #P19-1-250.

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