61-year-old woman ‘not expected to survive’ after being savagely beaten on a CTA train in the Loop: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a 61-year-old woman is brain dead and will likely die after an eight-time felon, on parole for robbing an undercover CPD narcotics officer, savagely beat her during a robbery aboard a Red Line train in downtown Chicago.

Judge William Fahy granted the state’s petition to detain Mijawon Johnson, 36, as a public safety threat during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. State officials have also moved to revoke his parole.

Surveillance video showed Johnson trying to steal the Uptown woman’s bag on a train car near State-Lake around 1:33 a.m. on January 4, officials said. He soon launched a violent attack, pinning her head on a seat and repeatedly punching her in the head and stomach, the detention petition said. Officials said he “stomped” on her body and left her on the train.

CTA employees found the woman unresponsive when the train arrived at the Roosevelt station.

Prosecutors told Judge Fahy that the woman was “on a ventilator and is brain dead” and was “not expected to survive.”

Investigators identified Johnson as the attacker and sent a bulletin to local police districts, according to a CPD report. On the day after the attack, officers on patrol saw Johnson on a CTA bus in the 700 block of West Chicago. They pulled the bus over and took him into custody.

He is charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery, according to court records. Prosecutors also charged him with violating an order of protection for allegedly entering a 27-year-old Old Town woman’s residence on New Year’s Eve after being ordered to stay away.

Mijawon Johnson | Chicago Police Department

Johnson was paroled in August after serving half of a six-year sentence he received for robbing a covert narcotics officer on the West Side on St. Patrick’s Day 2021.

In that case, Johnson held his hand to his side as if he had a gun and ordered the undercover cop to give him cash and his phone. The officer surrendered his phone and cash with pre-recorded serial numbers intended for drug purchases, according to the CPD case report.

Other cops moved in and arrested Johnson when the covert officer gave them a secret signal to alert them that he was being robbed.

At the time of the robbery, Johnson was on parole for aggravated battery of a police officer at the Near North (18th) District station, 1160 North Larabee.

He was sentenced to prison six other times between 2007 and 2015, all for narcotics, according to IDOC records.

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