Three men threatened to throw a CTA passenger down the stairs as they robbed him at the Jackson Red Line station Thursday evening, prosecutors said.
The victim was walking down the stairs from the Red Line platform to the Blue Line tunnel when the offenders allegedly cornered him and said, “Give me all of your sh*t. You don’t want to fall down the stairs, do you?”
Prosecutors on Saturday charged Sammie Moore, age 28, Michael Sardin, age 30, and 26-year-old Stanley Sutton with robbery.
When the trio confronted the man, Sutton grabbed the victim’s arm and pinned him to the station wall while Sardin reached into the victim’s pocket and took his wallet, according to prosecutors.
Sardin allegedly thumbed through the billfold but handed it back after he found no money inside.
Sardin and Sutton then turned the victim to face the wall and one of the three men removed the man’s silver rings from his fingers, prosecutors said during the trio’s bond hearing.
The robbery was captured on CTA surveillance video, and police used the transit network’s extensive camera system to track the men down at the Clinton Blue Line station about 45 minutes later, according to CPD records and the state’s allegations.
Police said they found the victim’s rings in Sutton’s pockets.
Moore has three felony convictions, including a 2019 bank robbery for which he received a 41-month sentence. He also has a warrant out of Georgia for terroristic threats, but authorities there are not extraditing him, prosecutors said.
Judge Charles Beach set bail for each man at $25,000. They will need to post $2,500 deposit bonds to get out of jail before trial.
Beach also ordered Moore held without bail for violating the terms of the probation sentence he received for criminal damage to property.