‘Armed and dangerous’ 16-year-old among 4 arrested after armed robbery on Red Line this morning

Police arrested four people after an armed robbery at the Roosevelt Red Line station this morning, including a 16-year-old boy wanted for at least one other hold-up.

Around 12:41 a.m., four robbers confronted a 25-year-old man with a knife as they rode an elevator between the platform and the mezzanine. The attackers took the victim’s wallet and backpack before punching him in the face, according to police. He declined medical treatment.

A Chicago police transit unit’s squad car sits outside the Roosevelt CTA station. | CPD

Police reviewed surveillance footage and tracked the offenders to the Clark-Division Red Line platform. Police took them into custody there.

Among the four males detained was a 16-year-old who was flagged as “armed and dangerous.” He was wanted for at least one other hold-up, according to a CPD report.

Police have not yet announced charges in the Roosevelt robbery.

Earlier in the day, another CTA passenger was robbed on the Brown Line between Fullerton and Sedgwick. He told police that a man boarded the train at Belmont and then robbed him of the Apple Watch while claiming to have a gun, according to the police report.

According to the victim, the suspect was a Black male standing 5’10” to 6’0″, weighing 170 to 190 pounds, and wearing red and black clothing.

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