Two men are charged with robbing a CTA Red Line passenger in the Loop on Friday evening. Prosecutors said one of them is on probation for two attempted robberies and the other was adjudicated delinquent for armed robbery in juvenile court last year.
Assistant State’s Attorney James Konstantopoulos said the victim was riding home after Friday’s White Sox game when Rashawn McClary and Tristan Williams boarded his train car at Cermak.
“Do you want to die?” McClary allegedly asked after demanding the victim’s phone. Meanwhile, Williams reached into a shoulder bag to suggest he had a gun, Konstantopoulos said.
The victim refused to hand over his phone and even opened his wallet to show the men that he didn’t have any money. McClary and Williams allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone and wallet, then exited at the Harrison station. They crossed over to a southbound train and fled, Konstantopoulos said.
Coincidentally, a Chicago police lieutenant was on the Harrison platform investigating another robbery report. The victim reported his own robbery to the officer and cops located McClary and Williams as they ran from the Roosevelt station less than ten minutes later, prosecutors said.
McClary and Williams, both 18, are charged with aggravated robbery.
Konstantopoulos said McClary is on “second chance probation” for two robberies. An October report by Evanston Patch said McClary tried to rob five people in two separate incidents on the evening of October 19.
“He kept a hand in the pocket of his hoodie and implied he had a weapon, saying things like, ‘don’t make me hurt you,'” the outlet reported, citing a prosecutor’s bond court presentation. Patch also reported that prosecutors previously dismissed a juvenile armed carjacking charge against McClary “as part of a restitution agreement.”
Williams was adjudicated delinquent for armed robbery last year, prosecutors said. He is a high school senior, according to a public defender who represented him during Sunday’s bail hearing.
Judge Kelly McCarthy set bail for Williams at $60,000 with electronic monitoring. He must post 10% of the bail amount to go home on an ankle monitor.
She ordered McClary held without bail for violating the terms of his probation. She set bail on the new robbery charge at $50,000 with electronic monitoring.