5 years for CTA robber who got turned in by his own mother

Cortez Mukes and a surveillance image of the robber that his mother allegedly identified as her son. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who was charged with robbing a 63-year-old CTA passenger in the Loop after his own mother turned him in to police has been handed a five-year prison sentence.

Cortez Mukes, 19, is not expected to spend any time in prison, though. He earned 1,105 credit days in jail, which, combined with the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction, will more than satisfy the remaining time.

Hoping someone would recognize the three men who robbed the victim, Chicago police released CTA surveillance images of the suspects in May 2022.

The victim was sitting on a Brown Line train at Washington-Wells when the men entered his car. One of them held him by the neck while the others went through his pockets and took his wallet, prosecutors said.

While the victim could not identify Mukes, the CTA surveillance images of him wearing a distinctive “KING” sweatshirt were more than enough for his mother. But prosecutors said she didn’t turn him in right away. 

However, after Mukes kicked in her back door a couple of months later, she dropped a dime on him, and the cops took him into custody, officials said. Mukes allegedly told investigators that he participated in the robbery due to “peer pressure.”

He was initially charged with robbery of a victim over 60 years old, but he struck a plea deal allowing him to plead that down to theft from a person. Judge Peggy Chiampas oversaw the case.

When prosecutors filed the robbery charges against Mukes, they told the judge during his first court appearance that he had three robbery charges pending in juvenile court. The outcomes of those cases are not available because juvenile records are shielded from public review.

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