Update: Roosevelt CTA attack eyed as post-Market Days hate crime as cops release a dozen new images

CTA images of people police want to speak with in connection with Saturday’s attack. | CPD

Investigators have released more than a dozen new photos of people they want to talk to in connection with an attack at the Roosevelt CTA station Saturday night. A group of friends reported that they were jumped, and one of them was robbed as they traveled home from Boystown’s Market Days street festival. The victims told CBS2 that they believe the attack was an anti-gay hate crime.

Police on Monday released images of three people wanted for pepper-spraying one victim and knocking another the ground in a robbery at the train station around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

But new details of the attacked emerged when the TV station spoke with three victims on Monday.

Another set of people police are “seeking to identify.” | CPD

One of the victims told reporter Eric Cox that 15 to 20 people attacked him and his four friends on the platform. Anti-gay slurs were hurled, and one of the victims was punched in the head, causing him to fall to the platform where “five or six other guys [came] rushing…and started kicking me” as the offenders robbed him.

Images of another person police want to speak with in connection with the incident. | CPD

“They were literally just looking for a fight,” one of the victims told Cox. “We were an easy target, I guess.”

The fourth set of images released by police on Wednesday. | CPD

Following the station’s report, police on Wednesday released fourteen new photos showing a large group of people that investigators want to identify in connection with the attack.

Information about the suspects and the attack may be shared with Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380. The case number is JC-387482.

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