A man is charged with robbing a CTA passenger at the Roosevelt Red Line — 2 years after he was charged with robbing a pregnant woman there

Prosecutors have charged a second man with robbing a CTA passenger at the Roosevelt Red Line station last weekend. And this is not the first time we’ve told you about the accused man. Jaheim McQuay, 21, made his CWBChicago debut in January 2020 after prosecutors said he and five others beat and robbed a pregnant woman and her friend at the same train station.

Jaheim McQuay | CPD

Prosecutors struck a deal with McQuay. They dropped the robbery charge and allowed him to plead guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery in a public place. In exchange, he received a sentence of probation.

Less than a month later, McQuay and another man robbed a convenience store in Boystown. According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, he was paroled in that case on February 24 after serving half of a three-year sentence.

Now, he’s in jail again.

Prosecutors say McQuay was one of two men who helped Trequan Jackson Young rob a man they recognized at the Roosevelt station around 4 p.m. on June 11. McQuay and the man who remains at large battered the victim until he fell to the ground and took his bag while Young displayed the handle of a firearm, Assistant State’s Attorney Tom LaHood alleged.

“You make this story up,” McQuay interjected as LaHood laid out the state’s allegations during a bail hearing Saturday afternoon.

Judge Barbara Dawkins set McQuay’s bail at $80,000 with electronic monitoring. He must post 10% of the bail amount to get out of jail on house arrest.

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