Man ‘looking for a fight’ beat, kicked, and tried to rob high school student on the Blue Line, prosecutors say

A 29-year-old man allegedly beat, stomped, and tried to rob a 14-year-old high school student who was riding the Blue Line home from school on Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors say he admitted to police that he was “looking for a fight.”

D’Andre Lewis harassed a woman on the train before “taunting” the high school student as the train approached the Loop, according to prosecutor Steven Haamid. Because of Lewis’ behavior, the boy decided to get off the train at Monroe, one stop before his usual exit.

But Lewis followed him onto the platform and demanded candy from the teen, who refused, Haamid continued. Haamid said that after calling the boy a “p*ssy,” Lewis hit him in the head, knocking him to the platform.

D’Andre Lewis | CPD

Lewis allegedly continued to punch the teen in his face as he lay on the ground, then tried to pull away the boy’s bag. When a witness approached, Lewis kicked the boy in the head, according to Haamid.

After shoving the witness to the ground, Lewis boarded an outbound train, but cops caught up with him at Jackson, Haamid said.

The victim was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital with swelling in his nose and face.

Prosecutors charged Lewis with attempted robbery, aggravated battery of a transit passenger, and aggravated battery in a public place. His public defender said he has an associate’s degree in business management.

He was convicted of aggravated battery of a victim over the age of 60 in 2020 and was also convicted of aggravated battery in Jefferson County last year.

Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered Lewis to pay a $5,000 bail deposit to go home on electronic monitoring.

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