Man robbed at knifepoint on Red Line downtown, police say

A Mag Mile hotel employee was robbed at knifepoint on a Red Line train downtown Wednesday evening, according to a CPD report. The victim was not injured. Later, another man was reportedly cut with a knife during an argument at another downtown Red Line station.

The report said the victim was on the Red Line at Grand when the offender demanded his property at knifepoint around 6:40 p.m. He went to the hotel where he works and sought help after the hold-up. CPD did not release the victim’s age or any description of the robber.

Then, around 12:28 a.m. Thursday, a 30-year-old man was cut on the hand during an argument with another man on the Lake Street platform, police said. Fire department personnel treated the victim at the scene but he declined to cooperate with police, according to a CPD statement.

CWB reported in March that crimes involving knives and robberies were both up sharply this year along the Red Line even though ridership declined due to the effects of the COVID pandemic.

Across the CTA train system, more robberies were reported through April 20 of this year than during the same period in many recent years that had normal ridership levels, we reported on April 30.

Area Three detectives and CPD’s Mass Transit Unit are investigating Wednesday’s mugging.

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