Man charged with mugging CTA passenger in the Loop while on pretrial release for TWO cases

Julian Brandon is seen with two surveillance images of one robbery suspect. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Officials have announced charges in connection with a robbery aboard a Red Line train in the Loop earlier this month. The news comes just days after Chicago police released surveillance images of two suspects and asked the public to help identify them.

Julian Brandon, 25, of Yorkville, will be in court for a detention hearing on Monday afternoon, police said. It’s the third time Brandon has been charged with committing a crime downtown since January 24, according to police and court records.

In a media release on Sunday evening, CPD identified Brandon as one of the men who mugged a 28-year-old man aboard a Red Line train car downtown. The robbery occurred around 4 p.m. on February 6. CPD’s news release said it happened near the Roosevelt station, but the department previously said it occurred at or near the Harrison stop.

More details about the allegations will be released during his court appearance. The second suspect remains at large.

Court records show Brandon was on pretrial release for two retail theft cases at the time of the robbery. Both cases are still pending.

First, he was cited and released for shoplifting in the 1100 block of South Canal on January 24. Then, he got arrested for shoplifting again on February 3 in the first block of North State, according to CPD records. Judge David Kelly released him from custody the next day.

And, two days after that, police now say, Brandon mugged the CTA passenger.

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