Teens attack, rob man on Red Line train in Loop overnight; third violent attack on downtown train line this month

A group of teenagers attacked and robbed a man as they rode a Red Line train in the Loop early Thursday, police said. No arrests have been made.

The victim, age 25, was on a northbound train between the Roosevelt and Jackson stations when one of the teens pushed him into the wall of the train and took valuables from his pockets around 12:15 a.m., according to CPD spokesperson Karie James.

Another teen then struck the victim and the primary offender punched the victim in the face, James said.

According to the victim, the robber is a white male with blond hair and cuts on his arms who stands about 5’10” tall and wore a gray hoodie. He fled from the train at Jackson.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

Thursday’s robbery is the latest in a string of violent incidents on the Red Line downtown. And the suspect descriptions are similar in each of the attacks.

On Tuesday afternoon, former Marine Mamadou Balde of Rogers Park died after someone pushed him from the Jackson Red Line platform as a train passed by.

The suspects are a white male with shorter hair who wore a dark gray or black hoodie, black jeans, and black shoes and a black male who wore a greenish t-shirt, black jeans, Timberland boots, and a black do-rag. They were with a white female who wore a Champion-brand shirt, according to a police officer who saw CTA footage of the suspects.

CWBChicago reported exclusively yesterday that police know the identities of the two men, both of whom have been involved in other incidents along the Red Line and near the Magnificent Mile.

Last Thursday morning, three people attacked a 59-year-old man and pushed him onto the Red Line tracks at Roosevelt. The offenders were described as a white man in his 20’s who stands 5’9” tall and wore a white hoodie with a design on the front; a 6-foot-tall black male who wore a black hoodie; and a black female in her 20’s who weighs about 300 pounds and wore a camouflage hoodie.

No arrests have been announced in connection with any of the incidents.

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