Alleged Red Line robber is on parole for robbing an off-duty cop and once stole the wallet from a dying man at another CTA station

Hey, everybody! Derrick Robie just got charged with another robbery.

Robie, who was paroled in February after serving half of a 3-year sentence for robbing an off-duty CPD sergeant outside the Town Hall (19th) Police District, allegedly robbed a man on the Morse Red Line platform Friday.

You may remember when Robie stole the wallet from the pocket of a man who lay dying on a staircase at the Loyola Red Line station in January 2018.

Prosecutors charged him with robbing a man at gunpoint at the Morse Red Line station a few weeks after that. His bond court judge let him out on his own recognizance that time.

He eventually received three-year sentences for both of those crimes, which were served concurrently.

In June 2016, a tourist from Florida identified Robie as the person who robbed pushed him against a wall and took his phone at knifepoint in Boystown. But the man refused to sign complaints because he couldn’t return to Chicago for court dates. CPD charged Robie with misdemeanor possession of a knife instead.

One week later, prosecutors charged Robie with theft for allegedly knocking a 60-year-old homeless man’s change cup from his hand and taking the victim’s money at Halsted and Roscoe. Charges were dropped when the victim failed to show up in court.

And, now, he’s charged with robbery. At the Morse Red Line station. Again.

Derrick Robie | CPD; Wikicommons

Around 4:10 a.m. Friday, Robie approached a 32-year-old man who was waiting for a train on the platform at the station, 1358 West Morse, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Robie asked the man for money, but the victim told him he didn’t have any and walked away, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Cromydas said Saturday. Robie allegedly followed the man and told him not to walk away because it makes it look like he has money.

He then claimed he had a gun, Cromydas said. When the victim again said he didn’t have any money, Robie allegedly asked if he wanted to see the gun.

The victim gave him $10.

“See that’s all you had to do,” Robie allegedly replied. “It didn’t have to come to this.”

Cromydas said the victim boarded the train when it arrived and pushed the help button. Police met with him at the Granville stop and walked through the train looking for the robber.

They found Robie in another car, allegedly with the victim’s $10.

Robie told police he simply asked the man for money and the man gave it to him, Cromydas said. But CTA surveillance videos showed the full interaction.

Prosecutors charged Robie, 24, with aggravated robbery.

Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood said he is 24 and lives at a halfway house.

Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $200,000. He must pay 10% of that to get out of jail. But he is also being held without bail while the Illinois Department of Corrections reviews his parole status.

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