An 18-year-old woman who joined six others to beat and rob a Red Line passenger was on electronic monitoring for a carjacking case that she has pending juvenile court, prosecutors said.
Coincidentally, the alleged victim told the Chicago Tribune a few years ago that he was considering moving back to the suburbs after he came upon the aftermath of a mass shooting as he got off the Red Line in Uptown. Instead, he moved to the West Loop and got a concealed carry license, according to court records.
The robbers took his license to carry a firearm along with his work phone and wallet, records show.
While the robbery took place last summer, charges were filed against the woman last week.
The victim, a 34-year-old man, was riding the Red Line home from work when a group of five men and two women got onto his train car on July 20, 2021. He decided to get off when the group started getting loud and disruptive.
But before he did, Ashley Williams started talking to him and punched him in the face, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. The victim exited at the next station and moved three cars down, but the group followed him.
Kalliantasis said the seven threw him against the wall of the train while Williams and others took his property. CTA cameras allegedly recorded video of Williams going through his wallet.
The victim identified Williams in a photo line-up, and police eventually found her on the Red Line platform at 95th Street last week, according to a CPD report. She made “admissions” during an interview with investigators, Kalliantasis said.
In addition to the pending carjacking case, Williams was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for battery and aggravated battery cases in 2020 and robbery in 2021, according to Kalliantasis.
Chicago police wrote in their arrest report that she was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet when they arrested her.
Judge Maryam Ahmad said Williams must pay a $500 deposit toward her $5,000 bail amount to go home on electronic monitoring in the Red Line robbery.
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