Group of teens beat and rob two victims on Loop Red Line

A CTA Red Line train arrives at the Lake Street station in June 2019. | File

A group of teenagers beat and robbed a Red Line passenger in the Loop late Sunday night. Then, they beat and robbed a man who tried to help the first victim, police said.

A third victim was beaten and robbed by two men on a different Red Line train near the Chicago-State station around the same time. Here are the details:

Lake Street Red Line attacks

Police said a group of between six and ten teens began harassing a 61-year-old man on a northbound train under the Loop around 11:40 p.m. Two male teens followed the man off the train onto the Lake Street platform where they pushed him into two female members of the group.

The four then attacked the victim by punching him in the face and body, police said.

A 21-year-old man who was on the train saw the attack unfolding and tried to help the victim. When he did, the group of teens began attacking him, too, according to police.

The offenders took the victims’ wallets and other property before fleeing to street level. Witnesses reported that the group then moved south on State Street and escaped by re-entering the Red Line at Monroe.

Both victims were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of facial injuries, police said.

The offenders are reportedly black and 17-18 years old.

Third Red Line attack

Two men beat and robbed a Red Line passenger in River North just minutes before the Loop subway robbery was reported.

The victim told police the offenders beat him in his face and took his iPhone 10X on the Red Line at Chicago-State around 11:25 p.m. The men then escaped by running to street level.

Police said the offenders are one Hispanic man and one black man in their late teens or early 20’s. Both wore black clothing, and both stand about six-feet tall.

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