On bail for allegedly battering cop last month, man’s now accused of robbing woman on Red Line

A man who’s on bail for allegedly battering a police officer at a downtown CTA station last month is now charged with robbing a woman as she rode the Red Line home from work in Uptown on Monday.

Abdul-Wahab Fadairo | CPD

Prosecutors charged Abdul-Wahab Fadairo, age 25, with felony robbery and misdemeanor theft.

The alleged victim, who works as a nursing assistant, boarded a southbound train at the Wilson station around 2:25 p.m. Monday, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Thursday.

She later told police she noticed Fadairo on the train because he was wearing a heavy winter coat in nearly-90° weather. When the train doors opened at another station, someone ripped her purse away and ran onto the platform, the woman reported. When she looked up at the thief, she saw the man in the heavy winter coat.

Later that day, police officers who were monitoring CTA surveillance cameras saw a man matching the robbery suspect’s description at the Roosevelt Red Line station. 

Patrol officers approached the man as he offered to swipe people into the train station with the victim’s stolen Ventra pass for $1 each, prosecutors said.

The victim identified Fadairo in a photo line-up Tuesday and also identified him in a CTA surveillance photo that allegedly showed him carrying her stolen purse. Video from the Red Line train shows Fadairo looking at the victim, running, grabbing her purse, and exiting the train, according to prosecutors.

Fadairo was on bond at the time of the alleged robbery while awaiting trial for felony aggravated battery of a police officer at the State-Lake CTA station May 19. 

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of that bail bond. She set bail on the new case at $10,000 and ordered Fadairo to go on electronic monitoring if he can post the required $1,000 deposit bond.

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