Man robbed CTA passenger at gunpoint, then tossed the pistol into the Chicago River: prosecutors

Billy Cokley (Chicago Police Department, T from Mansfield, MA via Wikicommons)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a man has admitted to robbing a woman at gunpoint at the Grand Red Line station and then tossing his gun into the Chicago River. Billy Cokley Jr., 25, was identified as the robber because he presented his state ID when he sold some of the woman’s belongings, officials said.

The victim, a 25-year-old South Loop resident, was waiting for her train when Cokley confronted her with a gun around 7:38 p.m. on May 2, a Chicago police report said. He took her iPhone, MacBook, wallet, and bookbag, then fled the scene, according to the report.

Officers followed the woman’s phone location to an EcoATM, a kiosk that buys used electronics at Ford City Mall. They recovered her phone and learned that the man who sold it to the ATM used Cokley’s state ID to complete the transaction. Surveillance video from the EcoATM confirmed that Cokley was the person who sold her phone, officials said.

Cokley admitted to the robbery, to selling the woman’s property, and to throwing the firearm he used in the robbery into the river, according to court filings.

Judge Antara Rivera detained Cokley at the state’s request.

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