Woman, 66, mugged at Clark-Lake CTA station

A train arrives at the Clark-Lake Blue Line station below the James R. Thompson Center. |Google

A 66-year-old woman was mugged Tuesday afternoon in an elevator at the Clark-Lake Blue Line station, 117 West Lake, police said. No one is in custody.

The offender got on the elevator with the woman and demanded her valuables around 1:30 p.m., according to CPD’s Office of News Affairs. He then grabbed the victim’s purse, struggled with her for control of the bag, and fled onto Lake Street with her cash and debit card, police said.

According to the victim, the offender posed as a security guard. She said he is black, about 60-years-old, and wore a dark longer-length coat. He either wore a gray hat or had gray hair, she reported. The victim declined medical attention.

The Clark-Lake CTA hub, located inside the James R. Thompson Center, is usually bustling with activity because it serves six of the transit agency’s train lines. But CTA traffic is down sharply during the novel coronavirus outbreak and the Thompson Center building itself has been closed since Mar. 16 under an order by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Area Central detectives are investigating the robbery.

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