Man gets 6 years for stomping, robbing 72-year-old man at Loop CTA station

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for allegedly kicking, stomping, and robbing a 72-year-old man on the Clark-Lake Blue Line platform in December. Cane Jones, 32, pleaded guilty to robbery of a victim over the age of 60 before Judge Timothy Joyce on Monday.

Most Chicago robbery cases take at least a year to resolve, but Jones entered his plea barely six months after the December 17 attack.

Cane Jones | CPD

The victim was on the platform around 11:47 p.m. when Jones ordered him to hand over his phone, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said in December. When the victim refused and walked away, Jones allegedly followed him and kicked his legs, which caused the victim to fall to the platform.

As bystanders watched, Jones repeatedly stomped on the victim’s chest and yelled at witnesses who were on the platform, Kalliantasis said. Jones kicked the fallen senior repeatedly, then went through the victim’s pockets to get his phone.

After getting the device, Jones allegedly stomped on the man’s head and fled. EMS took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. CTA surveillance cameras recorded the entire attack.

Police apprehended Jones at the Clark-Lake station about 90 minutes after the attack. Kalliantasis said he was convicted of burglary in Florida in 2020 and has amassed 15 misdemeanor convictions in Illinois, Ohio, and Florida.

Jones arrived at Stateville Correctional Center on Thursday. His parole date has not been set, but with credits for good behavior and the time he spent in jail, he will likely be released 2½ years from now.

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