9 men rob Red Line passenger in Loop, police say

Nine teenagers and men robbed a CTA passenger on the Red Line downtown Tuesday afternoon, police said. No arrests have been made. The mugging is the latest in a series of hold-ups on the train line since last week.

At 10:35 a.m. yesterday, nine offenders between the ages of 15 and 25 surrounded the victim on a Red Line train near the Jackson Station, 230 South State, according to Officer Hector Alfaro, a CPD spokesperson.

The victim, age 30, told police the men took his wallet and then chased him up the escalator. But, the offenders returned to the platform and boarded a northbound train to escape, the man said.

No descriptions of the offenders were released.

Then, shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, a woman was robbed of her phone on a train near the Lake Red Line station. The offender exited at Lake and fled southbound on the platform toward Randolph, according to a CPD report.

That robber is described as a slim Black male in his early- to mid-20’s who stands about 6-feet tall and wore a white t-shirt with dark jeans.

At least three other robberies have been reported on the Red Line downtown recently:

  • Three men robbed a woman on a train at Clark-Division around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, August 1. The robbers fled through the LaSalle Street exit, the victim said.
  • Four men wearing hoodies battered a man and stole $400 cash at the Roosevelt Red Line station around 12:20 a.m. Friday, July 31. The offenders reportedly fled on a southbound train.
  • Three or four men battered and robbed a man at the Roosevelt Red Line around 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Those robbers fled on a northbound train, according to the victim. One of the suspects in this case is a Black male who has twists in his hair and a cross-shaped tattoo near his eye. He’s 25- to 30-years-old, 5’6” tall, and wore a black t-shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes, the victims said.

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