17-year-old robbed 3 CTA passengers in under 3 hours, Chicago police say


CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with committing three robberies aboard CTA trains on Thanksgiving weekend, Chicago police said in a media release Wednesday morning.

He was identified as one of the robbers who targeted a 27-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman on a Blue Line train near the 400 South Western Avenue station around 10:10 p.m. on November 25. The offenders implied they had a gun as they took the couple’s property.

Less than three hours later, he allegedly robbed a 19-year-old man on a Blue Line train near the station, 500 North Milwaukee. CPD classified this holdup as an armed robbery without a firearm, but they did not specify the kind of weapon used.

Police arrested the boy in the 1100 block of South Hamilton yesterday. That’s the same block where the county’s juvenile justice center is located, suggesting he may have other criminal matters pending.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of armed robbery in connection with the CTA holdups.

No other information is available about him because juvenile cases are shielded from public review.

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