3 teens detained after series of downtown CTA attacks

Police detained three juveniles near the Mag Mile after a series of robberies and batteries were reported on the CTA train system downtown Tuesday morning.

The incidents began around 5:15 a.m. when four young men reportedly battered and robbed a man on a southbound Blue Line train at the Clinton station, 426 South Clinton. The offenders managed to slip away before police arrived.

They resurfaced just over an hour later at the Roosevelt station, 1167 South State. There, witnesses reported seeing four young men attacking a man on the mezzanine level around 6:20 a.m. Once again, the offenders escaped before cops arrived.

Then, around 7:40 a.m., three young men reportedly robbed a CTA customer at the Van Buren Orange Line, 26 West Van Buren.

Cops in the Central (1st) Police District intelligence room gathered images of the suspects from CTA surveillance cameras and distributed photos to patrol officers in the area. Cops assigned to CPD’s transit detail detained three juveniles who matched the suspect descriptions at the Chicago-State Red Line station around 9 a.m.

All three were taken in as Area Three detectives investigated the incidents.

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