15-year-old robbed a woman in the Loop, fought with police gang unit that tried to arrest him, CPD says

A 15-year-old boy battered a Chicago police gang unit officer who tried to arrest him for a recent robbery in the Jackson CTA pedestrian tunnel. Two other suspects fled – one of them even took an officer’s radio. Police later found the radio broken.

Around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, four people allegedly stole a 35-year-old woman’s phone from the Jackson station. Upon investigation, police learned that the suspects were a group of teenagers who sell candy in the pedestrian tunnel connecting the Red and Blue lines at Jackson.

A woman walks through the Jackson station pedestrian tunnel. | Cards84664

A CTA employee spotted the robbery suspects at the Jackson Red Line on Friday and notified a gang investigation unit, police said. The group fled through the pedestrian tunnel as the cops moved in, and at least one of them fought with the officers, prompting dispatchers to declare a “10-1”declare a “10-1” at the station.. A cop’s radio disappeared during the incident.

A 15-year-old was detained on Jackson Boulevard, but the others escaped into the Loop. Officers recovered the missing, broken radio as well.

Prosecutors charged the teen with felony robbery, felony aggravated battery of a peace officer, and misdemeanor resisting. There is no further information about the boy because he is a juvenile.

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