14-year-old helped rob CTA passenger of his shoes at gunpoint, police say

Chicago police say this group robbed a man at the Racine Blue Line station. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A third juvenile has been charged with robbing a CTA passenger of his shoes earlier this month. Chicago police arrested the 14-year-old yesterday. Two other boys, ages 15 and 16, were previously charged.

The trio, joined by two additional accomplices who remain on the loose, tried to rob a 17-year-old boy inside a Blue Line train car near the Racine station around 1:40 p.m. on June 8, police said.

When the robbery failed, the group allegedly attacked the victim, beating and kicking him to the ground. After stealing his shoes, the group fled the scene.

Like the previously arrested boys, the 14-year-old is charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery of a transit customer.

Mass Transit Unit detectives released surveillance images of the robbers on June 10 and asked the public to call them with any information that could help with the investigation. It’s not possible to know which of the five suspects seen in the images released by CPD have been charged because the police cannot release mugshots of juvenile arrestees.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects can contact Mass Transit investigators at 312-745-4447. The case number is JH-297731.

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