5-time felon broke CTA passenger’s leg in a robbery that netted $6, prosecutors say

Anthony Jackson (inset) and CTA surveillance images of the robbery suspect that were released by Chicago police. | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A five-time convicted felon broke a CTA passenger’s leg during a robbery that netted him just $6, prosecutors said Thursday.

Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered the accused man, Anthony Jackson, 34, detained as a public safety threat.

Chicago police released surveillance images of the robbery suspect on Monday, hoping someone would recognize him. Less than 48 hours later, Jackson was in police custody.

Prosecutors said Jackson “snuck behind” the 58-year-old victim at the Pulaski Blue Line station around 10 a.m. last Friday and reached into the man’s pockets. While taking $6 from the man’s pocket, Jackson pulled him backward, causing him to fall, a Chicago police arrest report said.

The victim’s left femur and right thumb broke during the fall. He underwent surgery to repair the leg injury.

Prosecutors pointed to Jackson’s five felony convictions, including one in 2018 for punching a cop, in their petition to have him detained before trial.

He is charged with robbery and aggravated battery in a public place.

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