Downstate woman battered couple during Red Line robbery attempt, prosecutors say

A woman from a rural downstate town battered and tried to rob two passengers on a Red Line train in the Loop this week, prosecutors said. It’s the second time two weeks that Autumn Stewart, 18, has been charged with a felony in Cook County.

“But I’m not from here,” Stewart replied after Judge Mary Marubio told her she needed $5,000 to get out of jail on electronic monitoring.

Autumn Stewart | CPD; File

Indeed, she is not from here. Stewart is from Farmington, a town of 2,300 people that lies about 22 miles west of Peoria. We’d post a Google Street View picture of the Farmington, but Google’s car hasn’t been there yet.

Around 9:14 p.m. Sunday, a man and his girlfriend, both 32-year-old Loop residents, were riding a southbound Red Line train in the Loop when Stewart and two men approached them around 9 p.m., according to prosecutors and a CPD report.

One of the men tried to pull down one of the victim’s masks while another male offender tried to the woman’s phone, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. Stewart allegedly the victims in their faces when they fought back.

The victims exited at Monroe, and Stewart spat in the man’s face, according to a CPD report.

Police arrested Stewart at the Jackson Red Line station a few minutes later. Both victims identified her as one of the attackers, said Kalliantasis. A 13-year-old girl is also charged. CTA surveillance cameras recorded the entire incident.

Stewart was charged with felony retail theft in Northbrook on March 9, according to court records. She received a recognizance bond in that case.

Kalliantasis said Stewart, who turned 18 in October, has no adult convictions. However, she was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for aggravated battery of a school employee in 2018 and criminal damage to property in 2020, Kalliantasis said.

She is now charged with attempted robbery and two counts of aggravated battery of transit passengers. In addition to the bail and electronic monitoring that Marubio ordered for the CTA case, the judge said Stewart would be held without bail until the judge overseeing the Northbrook case reviews her bail bond violation.

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