Five-time felon robbed passenger on Red Line, prosecutors say

Dontrell Hollie | CPD; File

A five-time convicted felon with two felony cases pending in Wisconsin is accused of robbing a man on the Red Line near North-Clybourn around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim, who police said was about 40-years-old, was riding a southbound Red Line train when Dontrell Hollie commented on his bag and then took it from the man by force, prosecutor Tilesha Jackson said.

Hollie, 29, changed cars while the victim told the train operator about the robbery over the intercom. According to Jackson, police met the train at the North-Clybourn station and arrested Hollie after the victim pointed him out in a “huge crowd.”

According to Jackson, Hollie and another man on the train exchanged clothes after the robbery, but the victim recognized Hollie’s face, and the robbery was captured on CTA video.

She said Hollie had the victim’s wallet in his pants pocket when cops patted him down.

Jackson said Hollie was convicted of attempted burglary and felony retail theft in 2018, robbery in 2016, felony criminal damage to government property in 2016, and residential burglary in 2011. She said that he also has six misdemeanor convictions and is awaiting trial in Wisconsin for hit-and-run, bail jumping, and attempted robbery.

Suzin Farber, an assistant public defender, noted that he is homeless and has untreated mental health issues.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Hollie to pay a $7,500 bail deposit before being released on electronic monitoring.

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