Images released of men who robbed high school students at Racine Blue Line station

Chicago police have released surveillance images of two men who allegedly robbed three high school students at the Racine Blue Line station over the weekend.

CWBChicago first told you about the robbery on Sunday evening. The boys, all 17, had just left an event at Whitney Young Magnet School when two men confronted them with a handgun on the ramp leading to the platform just after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to police and a parent of one victim.

Police said the robbers took the victims’ phones and wallets, then left the station. Both men were also seen at the Pulaski Blue Line station, according to a community alert from CPD’s Mass Transit Unit.

Chicago police said these two men robbed the high school students Saturday evening at the Racine Blue Line station. | Chicago Police Department

Two of the victims attend Whitney Young, and the third attends a North Side high school, the parent said. After the robbery, they all went to a friend’s home near the Racine stop to call 911.

“I am disgusted that our kids can’t even take public transportation at 9 p.m.,” the parent said Sunday. “We have told him 100 times to take an Uber after dark. But you know, 17-year-old boys are invincible.”

CPD’s bulletin about the robbery describes the suspects as 18 to 25 years old and 5’9″ to 6 feet tall. The heavier of the two wore a black hoodie, black sweatpants, and black and white shoes, police said. The other wore a black puffy coat, ripped blue jeans, and black sneakers. He carried a backpack.

In a press release issued earlier Monday, CPD claimed that violent crime on the CTA was down 14% in April compared to the same month last year.

Anyone with information about the suspects can call Mass Transit detectives at 312-745-4443. The case number is JG-242317.

Additional images released by CPD are below.

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