2 robberies reported at Fullerton CTA station this week

Chicago police are asking for help as they try to track down the man who robbed a woman at the Fullerton CTA station in Lincoln Park on Tuesday afternoon. A second robbery was also reported at the station on Thursday afternoon, but it does not appear to be related.

CPD’s mass transit unit released these surveillance images of the man who allegedly took a woman’s phone by force at the station around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police did not release any other information about the case. Tips can be shared with investigators at 312-745-4706. The case number is JF-283244.

Chicago police released these surveillance images of the robbery suspect. | CPD; Google

On Thursday, a 16-year-old boy reported that he was robbed at gunpoint as he exited a Brown Line train at Fullerton just before 4 p.m.

Four males followed the boy from the train and one of them, who wore a face mask, displayed a gun and demanded his property, a CPD spokesperson said. The robber took cash from the boy and fled onto a northbound train.

Police did not release descriptions of Thursday’s suspects.

Despite the Chicago Police Department’s claims that CTA crime is down, robberies and other violent crimes are more frequent than in recent years.

From May 1 through June 9, there were 51 robberies reported on CTA trains, platforms, and stations. That’s up from 41 during the same period in 2019 before COVID impacted transit use.

There were 36 robberies during the period last year and 26 in 2020.

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