Man’s charged with armed robbery on Loop CTA train after his aunt recognizes him in CPD bulletin, prosecutors say

A man who’s on probation for robbing a woman in Bucktown last summer is being held without bail on a new robbery charge after his aunt turned him in to police, according to prosecutors.

Earlier this month, CPD’s Mass Transit Unit released CTA surveillance images of two men who allegedly robbed a 22-year-old man aboard a Blue Line train near Clark-Lake. Deleon Davis’ aunt recognized him as one of the men and contacted police, Assistant State’s Attorney Calvin Astrella said during a bond court hearing Sunday.

Deleon Davis (in 2020) and CTA surveillance images of the robbery suspect. | CPD

Davis, an accomplice, and the victim were the only people on the train car when Davis walked up to the man, put a gun to his face, and demanded his phone around 10:15 a.m. on September 1, Astrella said. After taking the man’s phone and bag, Davis and his companion exited the train. The victim called police.

When police arrested Davis, 21, his hair was much shorter than the man seen in CTA surveillance images, but he identified himself as the person seen in the photos, Astrella said. He denied robbing the passenger, though.

Davis is currently on probation for escape and for robbing a woman of her phone in the 2100 block of North Western on July 14, 2020, according to Astrella and CPD records.

Prosecutors didn’t ask Judge David Navarro to hold Davis without bail on the new allegations, and the judge specifically noted that state law prohibits him from holding someone without bail on his own.

Instead, Navarro set bail at $500,000. Davis is also being held without bail for violating the terms of probation in his 2020 cases.

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