Up to a dozen teens beat, rob girl at Chicago Red Line station

Police are investigating after a group of teenagers chased, beat, and robbed a 16-year-old at the Chicago Red Line station Tuesday evening, according to CPD. It began around 9:19 p.m. when a group of 10 to 12 male and female teenagers blocked the path of some friends who were walking and refused to let them pass, police spokesperson Sally Bown said. 

The 16-year-old girl pushed her way through the crowd, which caused the group to get angry and chase her onto the platform, Bown said. The group then allegedly beat the girl until she fell to the platform, and one offender stole her phone.

All of the teens then ran from the station.  No arrests have been made.

Tuesday’s incident was the latest in a string of robberies involving teenage offenders on and near the CTA’s downtown train system:

  • Last Thursday, a woman was hit in the head and robbed on the Roosevelt Orange Line platform by two teenagers around 3:00 p.m.
  • Around 7:30 Saturday morning, a 19-year-old woman reported that three teenagers robbed her as they passed through the cars of a Blue Line train downtown. She followed the robbers, all believed to be about 14-years-old, from the train at Jackson but lost them in the tunnel that leads to the Red Line, according to a CPD report.
  • After the robbery, witnesses reported seeing a similarly-described group stealing phones and purses outside the Roosevelt station at least twice over the next hour. No arrests were made.
  • At 12:30 Sunday afternoon, a 27-year-old woman was robbed and pushed into a train at the Clark Lake Blue Line station. The offender fled from the station.

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