CTA passengers thwart robbery on Red Line train: prosecutors

Mario Phillips (Cook County sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO — CTA passengers intervened to stop a man from mugging a woman as they rode the Red Line late Friday night, according to Chicago police.

“Give me this motherf***ing phone!” Mario Phillips demanded as he jumped on the 65-year-old woman somewhere as the train headed downtown somewhere between Clybourn and Roosevelt, according to his CPD arrest report.

Phillips, 54, grabbed the woman’s shoulders and yelled at her, but other passengers stepped in to pull him off the woman, prosecutors said.

The passengers alerted police when the train arrived at Roosevelt and cops took Phillips into custody. He is charged with attempted robbery.

Judge Charles Beach detained Phillips during a hearing this weekend, according to court records.

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