Chicago police on Friday morning arrested a suspect in a series of pistol-whippings and “person with a gun” sightings along the CTA’s train system this week. Officers allegedly found an air pistol in his backpack.
CPD’s Mass Transit Unit tweeted a picture of the man being led by police through the Roosevelt CTA station at 10:42 Friday morning. The detained man is wearing clothing that appears identical to the clothes worn by a man who was seen brandishing a gun Thursday at the same train station and at the Fullerton and Belmont Red Line stations. A police department spokesperson said they had no information available about the arrest.
Earlier this week, police issued a community alert after a man pistol-whipped passengers on the Blue Line in Bucktown and the West Loop.
Around 6:54 a.m. Monday, a 21-year-old man was sitting on the Clinton Blue Line platform when the offender walked up and struck him in the head with a handgun, Officer Steve Rusanov said. The attacker then allegedly boarded a train toward Forest Park. An EMS crew treated the victim at the scene for an injury to his right ear.
On Wednesday, a 39-year-old woman was riding a northbound Blue Line train when a man struck her in the head and arm with a handgun around 9:03 a.m., police said. He reportedly exited at the Western station. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in good condition.
CPD’s investigation is continuing.