Man gets 498 days plus probation for robbing victims ages 78 and 79

Travoughntay Williams (inset) and CTA surveillance images of the Jarvis robbery suspect. | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A man charged with robbing a 79-year-old woman on the Red Line in July 2020, a few days after robbing a 78-year-old man near an ATM, has been sentenced to time served plus two years of mental health probation, according to court records.

Travoughntay Williams, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and robbery of a victim over the age of 60 in exchange for the sentence from Judge Peggy Chiampas.

“At around 11:25 a.m. on July 5, 2022, Williams grabbed a 78-year-old man from behind in the 1700 block of West Morse after following the victim from a nearby ATM, officials said. The victim said he felt something sharp in his back as Williams told him to “hand it over.” At around 11:25 a.m. on July 5, 2022, Williams grabbed a 78-year-old man from behind in the 1700 block of West Morse after following the victim from a nearby ATM, officials said. The victim said he felt something sharp in his back as Williams told him to “hand it over.”

Surveillance video showed Williams sat on a bench outside the bank as the victim made a withdrawal and then grabbed the victim from behind, prosecutors said.

Four days later, Williams allegedly robbed a 79-year-old woman of her purse at the Jarvis Red Line station, according to Jackson. Chicago police issued a community alert about the CTA robbery and released surveillance images of a suspect. Someone who knows Williams identified him from the bulletin.

According to court records, Judge Chiampas sentenced him to concurrent terms of 498 days time served plus mental health probation.

At the time of the robberies, Williams was on probation for punching a Walgreens employee in Streeterville and dragging her down an aisle by her hair in July 2020. When the Walgreens attack occurred, he was on bail for attacking a Lakeview senior citizen, according to court records.

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