Not smiling any more: Tipster helps cops identify at least one CTA robbery suspect featured in community alert

Police said these happy fellows mugged a CTA passenger in River North. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police are crediting an observant community member for helping them bring charges against a 15-year-old boy who robbed a woman at the Grand Red Line station last week.

CPD said a 28-year-old woman was on a train when two people mugged her around 6:55 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Detectives released CTA surveillance images of the suspects to the media the next day. Someone saw the pictures in news coverage, recognized at least one of the robbers, and contacted the police.

Charges were filed against the boy yesterday. The second boy was expected to be arrested soon, according to an individual familiar with the case.

“This is a great example of community assistance in solving crimes,” the police department said in a tweet last night. “Thanks to a community alert sent out by Area Detectives, a 15-year-old robbery offender was taken into custody by the Public Transportation Section three days after the crime occurred.”

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