In latest alert, cops say adults are mugging kids on the Red Line downtown

The Roosevelt Red Line platform. | Wikipedia (cropped)

Just when you thought the Red Line’s rampant crime problem couldn’t get worse, a new alert from Chicago police warns about adult robbers who are mugging children on trains downtown.

The warning from Area Central detectives said two juveniles have been mugged this month while riding the Red Line in the Loop. In both cases, the offenders either displayed a handgun or implied that they had one as they took the kids’ valuables, police said.

On Jan. 8, two men robbed a juvenile as they rode a Red Line train at the Roosevelt Red Line station around 2:25 p.m.

Then, on Jan. 10, another kid was robbed by a man on the Red Line on the 100 block of North State around 1::40 p.m.

Police said the offenders in the first robbery were two black men, one aged 17-25 and the other 20-25.

The second hold-up was carried out by a black male who stands 5’6” to 5’8” and weighs 130-140 pounds, according to the alert. He wore a black jacket, black pants, and has a tattoo across his forehead.

Anyone with information about the cases can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regardng pattern P20-1-028.

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Editor’s note: The community alert stated that the Jan. 8th robbery took place on the 1100 block of North State at 3 p.m., however, CWBChicago learned from other city records that the correct address is on South State and the correct time is 2:25 p.m.

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