CPD releases photos of Red Line attack suspects

CPD’s Mass Transit Unit is trying to identify suspects connected to the robbery and physical attacks of two men aboard Red Line trains downtown.

Police released CTA surveillance images of three people in the group that attacked and robbed a 44-year-old man and an 18-year-old man in a “seeking to identify” bulletin overnight.

Chicago police are trying to identify these three people connected with the March 1, 2022, robberies and batteries aboard the Red Line downtown. | CPD

The bulletin specifically refers to one attack at the Grand and Chicago stations at 9:05 p.m. It said the group took a man’s phone from his hand and then attacked him when he stood up and tried to get it back.

Earlier, CPD said the victims were on the Red Line when the offenders physically attacked them and went through their pockets to take valuables at the Chicago station. EMS took both victims to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor bruising and pain, according to CPD police.

The new bulletin offered detailed descriptions of the suspects:

  • a Black male, 16- to 20-years-old, wearing a black hooded jacket, possibly with a white Nike logo on the top left and blue jean pants with ripped knees
  • a Black male, 16- to 20-years-old, wearing a black jacket, white hooded sweatshirt, and dark jeans
  • a Black female 16- to 20-years-old, wearing a black SpongeBob sweatshirt and light-colored jeans

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Mass Transit detectives at 312-745-4443 about case #JF-160319.

Shortly after the Chicago Red Line attacks, the same group attacked a man on the Clark-Division Red Line platform, 1200 North Clark. According to an officer who reviewed CTA surveillance footage, they boarded a southbound train after the attack and exited at 79th Street around 9:44 p.m.

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