Charges filed in Blue Line armed robbery and shooting

Patrick Waldon (left) and a CTA surveillance image of the shooting suspect. | CPD

Charges have been filed against a 31-year-old Chatham resident in connection with the shooting and robbery of a Blue Line train passenger near the UIC-Halsted station on Wednesday morning.

The accused man is on parole after serving half of a 12-year sentence for a 2012 armed robbery that he committed while on parole for yet another robbery in 2010.

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Prosecutors today charged Waldon with felony armed habitual criminal, felony armed robbery while discharging a firearm, and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Waldon grabbed the victim’s backpack as he prepared to exit the train at UIC-Halsted around 10:45 a.m. yesterday, police said. When the victim tried to pull away, Waldon allegedly shot him in the back.

The victim fell to the ground after being shot and Waldon took his bag before exiting the station.

Police arrested Waldon during a traffic stop on the 3000 block of West Harrison a few hours after the shooting and robbery.

Waldon was paroled from prison on Nov. 21, 2018, after serving six years of a 12-year prison sentence. At the time of that armed hold-up, Waldon was on parole after serving half of a two-year sentence for a 2010 robbery, records show.

The victim was listed in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.