Red Line passenger robbed, hit with wine bottle

Update 7:05 p.m. — Chicago police issued a community alert as they try to identify the man and woman who attacked and robbed the victim. CPD said they took the victim’s cash and the wine was his, too.

Anyone with information about the suspects can contact Mass Transit investigators at 312-745-4443. The case number is JF-408480


Facebook video shows a man being robbed and hit in the head with a wine bottle while riding the Red Line on Saturday morning. It’s the latest embarrassment for Chicago’s problem-plagued transit system.

“This why I don’t ride the Redline,” Teshaun Terry wrote on the Facebook post. “Y’all Be Safe At Night On The CTA‼️”

He said he posted the video for “AWARENESS TO BE SAFE ON CTA AT NIGHT ALSO SO YALL CAN HELP FIND THESE DISGUSTING MAN THEY SAID THEY DO THIS ALL THE TIME.”

The LED sign at the end of the car reads 2:11 a.m. as a man and woman confront the apparent victim, who is seated.

“Can I get $5,” says one.

“Where your wallet at? Lemme see your ID,” orders the other.

The pair reaches into the man’s pocket, and the woman pulls a full wine bottle out of the victim’s jacket.

“Oh my God, Charmaine!” utters a voice from off-camera. “Charmaine!!!”

Meanwhile, the man with the woman dips into the victim’s pants pocket and pulls something out.

“Charmaine! Get back! Charmaine” continues the voice.

The woman then slams the wine bottle directly into the victim’s forehead. The bottle doesn’t break, but the victim begins holding his head as blood drips onto the train floor.

Meanwhile, the man passes in front of the camera smiling, appearing to examine the items he took from the victim’s pockets while a second woman and a second man take a closer look.

“Get back! He’s bleeding!” the off-camera voice says as a woman moves closer to the victim with a phone.

“I just recording,” the woman replies.

“Oh my, God,” says the voice as they exit the train at the Red Line’s south terminus.

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