2 men robbed Red Line passengers at Addison and Thorndale on Monday evening: reports

Two men committed two robberies Monday evening on the Red Line — first at Thorndale, then at Addison.

A 64-year-old man told police the offenders approached him at the Addison station, 940 West Addison, and demanded his property around 8:45 p.m., CPD said. One robber punched him in the face, which caused him to fall and hit his head on the station wall. EMS took the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

The lights of Wrigley Field are seen from the Addison Red Line platform in 2019. | CWBChicago

Officers who reviewed CTA surveillance footage described the robbers as:

  • A Black male between 17- and 20-years-old wearing a gray hoodie, black pants, black shoes, and a black mask
  • A Black male between 17- and 20-years-old wearing a blue hoodie that says “Just Do It” on the front.

They were last seen heading east on Addison from the CTA station.

About 45 minutes earlier, the same two men robbed a woman of her phone at the Thorndale station, according to a separate report.

Through April 15, CPD recorded 84 robberies aboard CTA trains this year. That’s up from 59 last year, 74 in 2020 and 64 in 2019, according to the city’s data portal.

When robberies on train platforms and in stations are included, the number increases to 126 this year. That’s up from 86 last year, but it’s essentially flat compared to the 123 cases in 2020. There were 114 in 2019 before COVID affected ridership levels.

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