Four men are charged with breaking a man’s nose as they beat and robbed him on a Green Line train downtown Monday afternoon.
Police responded to a call of an injured robbery victim at the train station, 22 East Roosevelt Road, around 3:45 p.m.
Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste said other officers pulled up CTA and police surveillance camera feeds to track a group of suspects who walked away from the scene.
The victim, believed to be in his 40s, said a group of men grabbed his phone from his hand as they rode the train, and they began beating him when he grabbed it back.
Auguste said the offenders punched and smacked the man, then continued to beat him after he fell to the ground.
Guided by surveillance camera operators, police stopped Nathaniel Washington, Dareon Hall, Kahumni Dixon, and Claude Miles on the 200 block of South Dearborn Street at 4 p.m. They arrested the men after a witness and the victim identified them as the offenders, Auguste said.
The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that included a nasal bone fracture, according to Auguste.
Assistant Public Defender Suzin Farber said Hall and Dixon are 18, Washington is 19, and Miles is 24. Miles has a pending domestic battery case, but the others have no criminal backgrounds, she said.
They are each charged with robbery and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
“I gotta say, I don’t see robberies with no other background very often,” said Judge Mary Marubio. She set bail for each man at $50,000 and ordered them to go on electronic monitoring if they can post 10% deposit bonds.
“When you get out, stay away from each other,” Marubio advised.
An officer who saw the men on live surveillance feeds after the robbery told cops in the field that the group was wearing the “same exact clothing” as men who committed a similar robbery at the Cermak Green Line station on Sunday evening. That group was also linked with another attack at the Grand Red Line station.
However, the men have not conclusively identified as the offenders from Sunday, and they are not charged with those cases.