Boy, 15, charged with armed robbery on Loop CTA platform

Police said the robber was carrying this realistic-looking BB gun when they arrested him shortly after the robbery. | CPD

A 15-year-old boy is charged with robbing a woman at the Clark-Lake Blue Line station while he brandished a realistic-looking BB gun this week.

Police officers conducting a routine patrol of the CTA station Thursday evening came upon a 21-year-old woman who reported that she had just been robbed by a masked gunman.

The victim said she was on the Blue Line platform when the offender approached her, pulled out a gun, and demanded her valuables around 9:30 p.m. He then ran from the station, she said.

Cops searched the area and found the robber walking on the 100 block of West Lake a few minutes later. He was carrying a BB gun that closely resembles a standard firearm, police said.

Prosecutors charged the boy with felony aggravated robbery.

Thursday’s hold-up is the latest in a string of violent incidents reported on the downtown CTA lines this month. Police have made arrests in many of the cases.

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