2 women charged with ‘brutally’ attacking woman at Roosevelt CTA station

CHICAGO — Two women charged last year with being among ten people who attacked and robbed a teenage girl on the Red Line attacked another woman at the Roosevelt CTA in January, prosecutors say. It’s the third time Brianna Owens, 20, and Angel Bruce, 24, have been accused of wrongdoing on the Red Line in the past year.

On March 15, 2023, Bruce and Owens were among five people Chicago police detained after officers saw a robbery attempt unfolding at the Roosevelt station, 1167 South State Street, according to CPD records. They were released less than 12 hours later with nothing more than a city citation for having weapons on the CTA. It’s not clear what the weapons were, but Chicago police said in a media statement at the time that one suspect discharged pepper spray during the incident.

Prosecutors dropped the case against Owens. Bruce later received two days of court supervision.

Angel Bruce and Brianna Owens (Chicago Police Department)

Three weeks after that incident, ten people attacked and robbed a 16-year-old girl on a Red Line train near 87th Street. Prosecutors said the girl did not know any of the people involved. Bruce allegedly pulled the teen to the floor by her hair, and others kicked and punched her while she was down. Officials said the group took the girl’s purse, phone, and wig.

Prosecutors charged Bruce and Owens with robbery and aggravated battery. Once again, they dropped all charges against Owens. According to court records, Bruce pleaded guilty in July and received a sentence of two years probation and 30 hours of community service from Judge Joanne Rosado.

She was still on that probation on the evening of January 8 when, according to prosecutors, she and Owens attacked a 26-year-old woman, again at the Roosevelt station. Chicago police arrested Bruce last week to face charges in the case. Owens was charged in February.

In Bruce’s arrest report, officers said she was one of the assailants who “brutally attacked” the victim with their fists and feet.

CTA surveillance footage showed Bruce “stomping on [the victim’s] face,” Judge Charles Beach stated in a detention order. After the initial attack ended, Bruce returned and committed a “more severe attack” that left the woman with vision loss from an eye injury, Beach’s order said.

Bruce is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place.

Last month, Judge William Fahy released Owens on electronic monitoring. She is charged with one count of aggravated battery.

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