Two men robbed a group of young teenagers at the Chicago Red Line station Wednesday, prosecutors said during a bond court hearing yesterday. One of the accused me is on probation for robbery.
The victims, all ages 13 and 14, told police they rode a southbound train to the Chicago station, then moved to the northbound platform to wait for a returning train around 3:45 a.m.
As the teens sat on a bench, they allegedly saw 20-year-old Marshawn Fulton looking at them from the southbound platform. Moments later, Fulton approached the teens from one side while 18-year-old Jalen Radcliff walked up to them from the other side, prosecutors said.
Radcliff allegedly grabbed his waistband and demanded the victims’ property. Fulton also demanded the boys’ valuables and threatened to batter them, according to prosecutors.
One boy handed over his phone while Radcliff allegedly found another victim’s phone by patting the teen down. The third victim tried to run away, but Radcliff grabbed him by the shirt and pulled him back, prosecutors said. That boy subsequently handed his phone over, too.
Radcliff and Fulton ran from the station, but police officers located them a few minutes later when a CPD surveillance camera monitoring team saw them entering the Grand Red Line station, according to prosecutors.
Cops found the two men sitting on a Red Line train car. Two of the victims’ phones were allegedly found in a hoodie that officers found under Fulton’s seat. The third victim’s phone was in Radcliff’s pocket, the state said. All three victims identified Radcliff and Fulton as the men who robbed them.
Prosecutors said Fulton kicked an arresting officer in the knee, chest, and groin, then kicked out the rear window of a squad car. He is on probation for a March 2019 robbery.
Both men admitted to participating in the robberies, according to allegations made during the bond hearing.
Prosecutors charged Radcliff and Fulton with three counts of aggravated robbery each. Fulton is also charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and criminal damage to property.
Judge Charles Beach set bail for Radcliff at $5,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the $500 deposit bond.
Beach held Fulton without bail for violating the terms of his robbery probation. Fulton’s bail for the new robbery charge was set at $70,000.
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