A man and three juveniles are charged with attacking and robbing a man on the Jackson Red Line platform Friday evening. As CWB reported last week, the Jackson station has become a hotbed of robbery activity in recent weeks.
Timothy Mayo, a 20-year-old who was released from prison on December 23, is charged with felony robbery and aggravated battery of a transit passenger. A 15-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy, and a 17-year-old boy face the same charges in juvenile court, according to a CPD spokesperson.
Prosecutors said a man approached the 29-year-old victim on the Jackson platform around 5:30 p.m. and asked for money, according to a CPD report. The victim reached for his wallet, but the man tried to snatch it and the victim’s phone away.
That’s when another offender put the victim into a headlock, and Mayo and others began to punch and kick the victim, knocking him to the ground, prosecutors said. The group backed away and then followed the victim onto a train, according to the allegations.
Mayo and the other robbers got onto a train heading in the opposite direction after taking $92 from the man, prosecutors said.
Chicago police officers who monitor CTA’s surveillance camera network watched the robbery unfold in real time and sent patrol officers to intercept the offenders’ train at Cermak. Cops arrested Mayo and the three teens there, and the victim identified them as the robbers, prosecutors said.
One of the juveniles was carrying the victim’s phone. Mayo and another robber had allegedly split the victim’s $92.
Illinois Department of Corrections records show Mayo received a one-year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon from Lake County last year. He was arrested on June 26, reported to Stateville Correctional Center on December 17, and was released six days later.
He was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile three times in 2018 for aggravated battery and narcotics, prosecutors said.
Judge Susana Ortizset Mayo’s bail at $30,000. He must post 10% of that to get out of jail on the robbery charge. But he won’t be eligible for release right away. State officials are holding him without bail until they review his parole status.