Man gets 7 years for robbing CTA passengers on Blue, Green Line

Daryl Russell Jr (Chicago Police Department, CTA)

CHICAGO — A man with a substantial history of violent crime has been sentenced to seven years in prison for committing two robberies on CTA trains in December 2022, including one in which he allegedly offered to give the victim crack after he mugged her.

Daryl Russell, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery in exchange for the sentence from Judge Aleksandra Gillespie. He has been convicted of robbery three other times as an adult, according to state records.

On December 15, 2022, a 39-year-old woman saw Russell panhandling at the Damen Blue Line station as she waited for a train around 7:40 p.m., officials said. She offered Russell a bag of chips, but he rejected the offer, and she sat on a bench.

According to prosecutors, Russell placed his hand in his coat as if he had a gun and sat next to her, claiming he wanted money. She tried to hand him a $5 bill, but Russell said he wanted $20 or $50. The woman initially claimed that she only had the $5 but eventually gave him $50 because she thought he had a gun, prosecutors said.

After getting the cash, Russell offered the woman some crack cocaine, prosecutors said. She passed on the offer and called 911 to report the robbery. Chicago cops found Russell on a Blue Line train at the station.

Russell also pleaded guilty to robbing another victim on a Green Line train at the Ashland station three days before he was arrested.

Judge Gillespie ordered Russell to serve his seven-year sentences concurrently. His prison time will be reduced by 50% for good behavior and reduced further by the amount of time he spent in jail awaiting trial. He arrived at the Stateville Correctional Center yesterday. IDOC has not yet published his projected parole date.

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