Gunman robs Metra conductor at downtown train station

Update February 16, 2022, 10 a.m. — A suspect was arrested overnight in Calumet City, according to Metra police. The transit agency said “the public’s assistance” aided in the arrest. Charges are pending.

A Metra conductor was robbed at gunpoint by a passenger when their train arrived at the Van Buren Street Station in Grant Park on Tuesday afternoon, the transit agency said.

The passenger, who boarded at the 147th Street station in Harvey, confronted the conductor with a black semi-automatic handgun when the Metra Electric Line train pulled into the station around 2:07 p.m., according to a statement from the commuter rail service.

He took the conductor’s cash and then fled into the station, 132 East Van Buren.

Surveillance images released by Metra show the robber tucking a gun into his waistband as he walks from the train. | Metra

Metra released high-quality surveillance photos of the suspect. In one image, the robber is seen tucking a firearm into his waistband as the conductor stands with his hands raised in the background. The robber stares directly into a camera lens for the second photo.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect can contact Metra police at 312-322-2999.

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