Woman slashed during robbery aboard a Red Line train in the Loop

Two robbers took a woman’s purse and slashed her friend’s hand with a knife while riding a Red Line train in the Loop overnight, Chicago police said. No arrests have been made.

The offenders, described as males with “youthful appearances” in a CPD media statement, approached the victims on a train near the Monroe station, 26 South State, around 2:15, according to a CPD media statement.

Police said one of the robbers displayed a knife and took a 21-year-old woman’s purse by force. The armed man then approached the second woman, age 22, and cut her on her right hand during a struggle, police said. Both robbers ran from the train at Monroe.

EMS treated the women at the scene.

According to officers who spoke with the victims, the robbers were two Black males wearing ski masks and all black clothing. The suspects were last seen on the platform walking toward Adams Street.

Monday’s incident is at least the second knife attack on the downtown train in 48 hours.

At 4:39 a.m. Saturday, an assailant stabbed a 40-year-old man in the back during an altercation at the Roosevelt station, police said. The offender, described by police only as a male, fled the scene. EMS took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

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