At least 4 robberies since Friday in the Loop, including 3 at CTA stations

Chicago police are investigating at least four robberies reported in the Loop since Friday, including three at CTA stations. No arrests have been made.

Most recently, a 19-year-old Edgewater woman told police that a man threatened to shoot her during a hold-up on the Quincy Orange Line platform around 4:05 p.m. Sunday.

According to the victim, the man approached her and demanded her purse as she sat on a bench waiting for a train at the station, 220 South Wells. When she refused to hand over her bag, the man threatened to shoot her and then took it by force, according to CPD spokesperson Ronald Westbrooks. Police said the woman did not see a weapon, but the offender kept one hand inside his jacket, leading her to believe he was armed.

The victim said the offender—a black man who’s about 30-years-old, 5’10” tall, wearing a puffy gray coat—fled northbound on Wells Street.

Also under investigation is a violent robbery reported at the Jackson Red Line on Friday night.

A 37-year-old man told police he was on the station platform around 10:50 p.m. when five men approached him, grabbed him by the legs, and pushed him to the ground. The man struck his face on the platform and the offenders then began taking his valuables, according to CPD spokesperson Michelle Tannehill.

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The men fled onto a southbound train with a suitcase, a blue and black bag, and a leather bag belonging to the man, according to Tannehill and details in a police report.

In other Loop robberies:

  • Three men robbed a man at gunpoint of $150 near Clark and Van Buren around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. The offenders then battered the victim and fled in a vehicle.
  • A woman told police that a man punched her in the face and took her phone as she stood on the Lake Street Red Line platform around 1:20 a.m. on Friday. The offender, described as a black man wearing tight black jogging pants, a black shirt, and white shoes, fled the station and headed eastbound on Randolph.
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