Man fights CTA security, steals an Uber in the Loop

The man fled after crashing in the 100 block of North Clark Street near the Thompson Center. | Google

It’s hard to imagine a story that more fully captures Chicago in 2022 than this one. Police say a man got into a fight with a CTA security guard, then stole his Uber driver’s car and crashed it outside the Thompson Center on Wednesday morning. Then, he ran away and has not been found.

According to a Chicago police report, a 29-year-old CTA security guard saw a man arguing with someone near the Clark-Lake station around 4:44 a.m. When the guard intervened, the offender punched him square in the face and then jumped into an Uber that was waiting for him, police said.

But the Uber driver, 35, wanted no part of that scene, and she got out of the car.

So, of course, her passenger climbed into the driver’s seat and sped away—until he crashed in the 100 block of North Clark. He then got out and ran west on Randolph Street.

Officers who responded to the scene described the offender as a Black male with a face tattoo who wore an orange shirt with black pants.

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