CTA surveillance cameras were rolling as at least five people attacked and robbed a man on the Jackson Red Line platform Sunday night. A source provided some of the footage to CWBChicago.
As we reported Monday, two juveniles were arrested after this group beat and robbed a 42-year-old man on the Jackson platform around 10:42 p.m. Sunday and then returned about an hour later to attack and rob a 28-year-old man in the same place.
The video, shown below, documents the second robbery.
It shows a man wheeling a suitcase and carrying a Vans “Channel 66” bag on the platform. You can tell that he quickly realizes that he’s in trouble.
The group attacks the man next to the train tracks, and you can see one of the offenders scurry down the righthand side of the screen with the victim’s suitcase as the assault continues.
After the victim falls to the platform, the group swarms. One offender reaches into the fray and snags the Vans bag, which he promptly rifles through.
One of the suspects ran into the train tunnel, but police caught him. A second teen was also arrested.
The Jackson Red Line station has become a hotbed of violent crime lately. The local police district, which patrols the Loop, South Loop, Bronzeville, and other areas, recorded 41 robberies in December through Christmas Day. But eight of those — nearly 20% — took place at the Jackson train station, according to CPD records. Another 12 robberies were reported on the L system elsewhere in the Loop.
CWB reported on December 1 that, while ridership on the CTA’s train system remains significantly lower than during the pre-COVID era, robberies and violent attacks on the L system from downtown to the North Side are at their highest point in at least ten years.