Loop: Man and 4 juveniles robbed victim who fell asleep on Orange Line, cops say

Michael Sturdivant and the Quincy station platform. | CPD; Daniel Schwen on Wikipedia

A 26-year-old man worked with three juveniles to batter and rob a CTA passenger who fell asleep on the Orange Line, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Saturday.

The victim was asleep on the train near Quincy when Michael Sturdivant and the unnamed juvies approached him around 12:30 a.m. on September 22, according to prosecutors and CPD records.

After asking the victim for his money, one of the juveniles punched the victim in the face, and the group went through his pockets to take his phone and wallet, prosecutors said.

CTA cameras captured the entire incident, and Sturdivant’s face is clearly visible in the footage, according to the state’s allegations. Police identified Sturdivant and arrested him this week.

After being taken into custody, Sturdivant allegedly made a statement on video in which he admitted to holding the victim’s wallet, saying, “I did what I did, and I got caught.”

Prosecutors charged him with one count of felony robbery. Judge Charles Beach set bail at $5,000. Sturdivant must post a 10% deposit bond of $500 to get out of jail. He has one prior felony conviction, prosecutors said, for unlawful use of a weapon.

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