Robbery suspect busted after jumping CTA turnstile while wearing a ski mask: Chicago police report

Kavontay Davis (inset) and surveillance images of the robber. | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — On Thursday afternoon, months after Chicago police released CTA surveillance images of a ski mask-wearing robbery offender, cops arrested the suspect after he allegedly hopped the Roosevelt CTA station turnstile while wearing a ski mask.

CPD’s Mass Transit unit sent pictures of the robbery suspect to the media on June 14, asking for the public’s help as they tried to track him down. The community alert said the man threatened a 17-year-old girl and took her phone on the Red Line at 35th Street on May 26.

Police caught a break around 2:30 p.m. Thursday when Kavontay Davis, 18, allegedly jumped the turnstile at the Roosevelt station, 22 East Roosevelt Road, in the Loop.

A mass transit tactical team happened to be at the station, and they stopped Davis, who was wearing a black and red balaclava-style ski mask, according to their report. The officers quickly linked Davis to the May robbery, writing in their report that he had been identified as the offender.

Davis was carrying 18 grams of suspected cannabis, 8 ounces of a suspected liquid narcotic, and a Visa card issued to “$K2GONGETEM,” the arrest report said. Officers seized the debit card “due to arrestee’s name not coinciding with card owner’s name.”

He’s charged with robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and two misdemeanors.

Judge Charles Beach ordered him jailed to await trial, citing community safety concerns.

Court records indicate that Davis was on bond for a felony narcotics and retail theft case at the time of the alleged robbery. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail theft in that case on June 12 in exchange for six months of probation, according to the court clerk file.

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