2 men sentenced for robbing, stabbing man on Grand Red Line platform

Joshua Harris, left, and Jonathan Lenon (Cook County sheriff’s office, T from Mansfield, MA via Wikicommons)

CHICAGO — Two men accused of robbing and stabbing a CTA customer in River North on Christmas Eve 2022 have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the crime.

Joshua Harris, 28, and Johnathan Lenon, 32, saw the 43-year-old victim on the Grand Red Line platform around 3:40 a.m. and called him over to sell him drugs, prosecutors said. After selling the man a “small amount” of an unspecified drug, they asked him to buy more.

When the victim declined, Harris and Lenon grabbed him. Lenon cut the victim on the right arm with a knife and slammed him into a wall, prosecutors said. After the victim dropped to the ground, Lenon and a third offender allegedly went through his pockets, taking a phone and $30 to $40 in cash. The third robber has not been found.

The victim ran away and asked a CTA employee for help. Chicago police, guided by a surveillance camera operator, located Harris and Lenon inside the station. Investigators allegedly recovered the victim’s phone and two knives from Lenon.

This week, Lenon pleaded guilty to armed robbery in exchange for a six-year sentence from Judge Anjana Hansen, according to court records.

Harris pleaded guilty to robbery, reduced from armed robbery, last May and received a 3-1/2 year sentence from Judge Lauren Gottainer. According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, he is expected to be paroled in August. 

He was on parole for unlawful restraint at the time of the robbery. In that matter, Harris allegedly asked to use a CTA passenger’s phone on the Clinton Blue Line station platform, then took the phone and punched the victim in the head and body when the man refused to hand it over. 

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