Man stabbed during robbery at Cermak Green Line station, police say

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed during a robbery on the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line platform in the South Loop on Wednesday evening.

The 26-year-old said he was near the stairs when three men demanded his property around 10 p.m. Police said he got into a fight with the group, and one of the robbers pulled out a knife, then stabbed him one time in the right arm. They got away with the man’s wallet.

The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line platform. | CTA

The victim was listed in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He could not describe the men’s clothing, race, or other features, but he remembered that the man who stabbed him was tall, officers said.

The robbery came one night after a series of attacks and robberies were reported on the Red and Green Lines downtown.

Around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a CTA employee reported that five teenagers were trying to force them from their kiosk after the group robbed a passenger on the Green Line at 200 North State. The crew, including one who wore a red and black Bulls jacket, fled the scene.

Minutes later, police responded to a robbery victim injured at the Clinton Green Line station. They told police that a group of teens attacked them on a train that left State-Lake moments earlier, according to preliminary information. One of the suspects displayed a knife and took the victim’s book bag, officers at the scene said. EMS took the victim to Northwestern. A CPD spokesperson said the formal police report that documents the robbery had not been finalized on Wednesday morning.

Officers at the Clinton station said the group consisted of five Black male teenagers, three of whom had shoulder-length hair. One of the suspects wore a black and Red Bulls jacket, while the one who displayed a knife wore a gray sweatshirt with black pants.

Then, a 43-year-old man was punched in the face by a group of attackers at the Lake Red Line station around 11:22 p.m., according to CPD. The offenders did not rob the victim. EMS took the man to Northwestern in good condition with bruising and swelling of his face, police said.

Officers reported seeing four teenagers, two of whom were armed with “sticks” leaving the station shortly after the attack. But witnesses could not identify the group as the attackers, and CPD could not rewind the CTA surveillance cameras to see if they were involved, according to police radio transmissions. Cops said they collected the group’s information and let them go.

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